Prachanda asked to diffuse intra-party tensions

KATHMANDU: A meeting of the Central Committee members affiliated to the establishment and Baburam Bhattarai within the Maoist has assigned the task to resolve tensions with the dissident faction.

The meeting has given mandate to party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ to hold discussions with the dissenting faction led by senior Vice-chairman Mohan Baidya ‘Kiran’ and bury the hatchet in the party and ensure healthy competition to make the two-line struggle more systematic.

Unlike speculations that the establishment would take action against the dissident faction, the meeting decided to wage an ‘ideological war’ for making the dissents clear on the party line of peace and constitution.

“No question of actions is raised at the meeting, but about the deepening ideological struggle,” UCPN (Maoist) spokesperson Dinanath Sharma,
who is also Education Minister, told reporters after the meeting.

Sharma informed journalists that the party would chalk out programs for mass
mobilization to ensure the peace process in a dignified manner and a new constitution.

“The party programs will be finalized after holding discussions with the Kiran faction,” Sharma said.

However, party politburo member Hari Bhakta Kandel, who is close to
Kiran, ruled out any possibility of uniformity in program. “We are going to the people to expose the wrong activities of the government whereas they are trying to cover them all. How can we have identical programs?” Kandel questioned.

Spokesperson Sharma claimed that the main objective of the programs would be raising public pressure for conclusion of peace and constitution writing process within the given deadline of May 27 and ensuring people’s democracy and livelihood.

Sharma said around 100 CC members were present at the meeting in which
party office-bearers and standing committee members expressed their views on condition of the party and the course for peace and constitution writing processes.

The CC members from the radical camp were not even invited to participate in the meeting. Jaya Puri Gharti, a Maoist CC member supporting the dissent, confirmed that she and many other CC members were not informed about the meeting.

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