Dahal calls party meet to win over disaffected leaders

  • The prime minister is unhappy with the lack of support from his own party to the government
- TIKA R PRADHAN, Kathmandu

Nov 9, 2016-

Prime Minister and Chairman of CPN (Maoist Centre) Pushpa Kamal Dahal has called for a party meeting on Wednesday to discuss how he could garner support from the party leaders and cadres critical of his government.

With the first 100 days of the government approaching near, it is learnt that Dahal has been expressing serious dissatisfaction with his close aides over the lack of support to the government from within his own party. 

“We have failed to publicise our achievements but our opponents have been successful in spreading anti-government sentiments,” one of the advisors to the prime minister said.  

The Maoist leaders have been blaming Dahal himself for the dipping popularity of the incumbent government. They say that he selected wrong persons in his team. 

The party leaders, including Narayan Kaji Shrestha and Mani Thapa, have been saying that Prime Minister Dahal has failed to leverage on the achievements of the government due to poor performance of his secretariat members. 

“The prime minister has been working hard and has accomplished a lot, including the trilateral meeting between him, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during Brics-Bimstec Outreach Summit in Goa. It is his secretariat that failed him. The prime minister has been unable to cash in on the gains of his government,” Thapa said.

Largest among the parties, the CPN (Maoist Centre) has around 2500-strong central committee but only a handful of them have been defending the government. This is largely because Dahal did very little to win support and confidence of key party leaders after he was elected the prime minister. 

Anjana Bihankhe, the Lalitpur district in charge of the party, reckons the party will disintegrate if the leadership did to get its act together.

“There is nobody to defend the government because no one is happy with the party leadership,” she said, adding that there was no system in place for the party leaders as well as the cadres.

Dahal’s decision to take the government’s reins without strengthening the already chaotic organisational structure of his party— made worse by the declaration of the unity among ten Maoist forces, has taken a toll on his government. 

Published: 09-11-2016 07:59

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