Gautam admits sharing issues delay unification

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Feb 5, 2018-Senior Vice-chair of CPN-UML Bamdev Gautam has admitted that the party unification process between the country’s two major communist forces—CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre)—has been delayed due to some hitches.

While addressing the function marking the 20th establishment of UML’s journalists wing Press Chautari Nepal in the Capital on Sunday, Gautam, who is one of the architects of the unification process, admitted the fact hinting that the issue of power sharing in the leadership of the unified party was pegging the process.

“If the unification failed this time we can’t say Nepal’s communist movement would ever rise up again,” Gautam said, adding that the UML, being the larger of the two parties, should be more liberal and serious to ensure unity. 

He, however, said the leaders were working hard to finalise all issues of unification within the next three weeks. Meanwhile, Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has also claimed that most of the outstanding issues of the unification would be cleared by mid-February. 

During a meeting with the student leaders of his party at his residence in Khumaltar on Sunday, Dahal said that nobody could stop the unification process as talks were moving ahead in a positive direction.

“There are some complexities in the unification process, but we will resolve them gradually and take the process to a logical conclusion,” Dahal said.

According to Spokesperson of the All Nepal National Independent Students Union Revolutionary Surendra Basnet, the Maoist chief said the UML was giving priority to government formation but both the unification process and government formation would be taken ahead simultaneously. 

“We were in favour of finalising the unification issue before forming a new government, but if that could not happen both the process would be taken simultaneously,” Dahal told the student leaders. 

The student leaders expressed concerns over media reports that the UML was not ready for a respectable power sharing, reluctant to recognise Maoism, and that the KP Sharma Oli-led party was putting pressure on the Maoist Centre to accept its political line of People’s Multi-party Democracy.

The two top leaders and the Party Unity Coordination Committee have initiated separate discussions on theoretical and leadership issues.

Published: 05-02-2018 08:26

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