Baidya-led team to resume talks

  • maoist reunification
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Mar 14, 2015-

The Mohan Baidya-led CPN-Maoist has formed a four-member team to resume the stalled talks with the UCPN (Maoist) in its latest bid to reunify the two Maoist parties.

A party Standing Committee (SC) meeting had endorsed the proposal last week to continue the stalled negotiation process. The two parties have been discussing possibilities of unification even since the UCPN (Maoist) suffered a stunning defeat in the second Constituent Assembly polls. The talks were stalled after Netra Bikram Chand spilt from the CPN-Maoist to form CPN Maoist.

CPN-Maoist Secretary Dev Gurung said Chairman Baidya will lead the party’s talks team, also including Vice-chairman CP Gajurel, General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa and Gurung himself. CPN-Maoist spokesperson Pampha Bhusal, also active in the negotiations, is not named in the party’s official team.

Top leaders of the two parties are engaged in informal dialogue, leaders said adding that the negotiations are making progress. While the two parties are said to have agreed on most of the points for unification, the strategy pertaining to “revolution” remains unresolved between the former rebels.

 “It’s too early to say anything as there have not been serious talks on the matter so far. We plan to sit in the next round of talks soon,” said Gurung.

UCPN (Maoist)’s talks team constitutes Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, senior party leaders Baburam Bhattarai and Narayan Kaji Shrestha, and Krishna Bahadur Mahara.

The two parties are at contention over ideology the party should follow after unification. The CPN-Maoist insists on the old ideology of “New People’s Revolution”, while the UCPN (Maoist) has adopted the “Socialist revolution” since the Hetauda Convention.

In 2012, Baidya had vertically split the UCPN (Maoist), citing numerous reasons including the “disgraceful” integration of PLA into the Nepal Army.

Published: 15-03-2015 08:37

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