UCPN-Maoist fails to pick Central Committee Members following rift between top leaders

KATHMANDU: With all the top three leaders of the UCPN-Maoist eyeing more spots for their confidantes than others in the party’s Central Committee, the committee meeting held to select the remaining 53 members of the 151-member committee on Thursday was put off after a brief discussion.

The CC meet has been deferred by four days after the top leaders failed to select new CC members. The seventh general convention of the UCPN (M) last month had decided to form 151-member CC but appointed only 98 members. According to Maoist Spokesperson Agni Sapkota, the meeting has been postponed to make preparations for selecting new CC members.

A senior party leader claimed that the party failed to select the remaining Central Committee members, as Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Vice-chairmen Baburam Bhattarai and Narayan Kaji Shrestha have been trying to get as many seats as possible for leaders of their camps in the Central Committee.

In Thursday’s meeting, Dahal directed the in-charge of party’s state committee to decrease the number of aspirants and present the possible names by Monday.

At the center, General Secretary Post Bahadur Bogati is responsible to select CC members. Since the number of aspirants is high, the Maoist party is preparing to appoint alternative CC members beyond 151-central committee.

There is a dispute inside the party over the appointment in the officer bearer, Politburo and the SC. The post of secretary is also vacant and all factions led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Baburam Bhattarai and Narayan Kaji Shrestha are lobbying hard for their own candidates.

The leaders, who won’t get a chance to be CC members, will be given the responsibility of alternative CC members of the party. Before the party’s seventh general convention, the UCPN (M) had formed 241-member convention organizing committee and all of them are demanding that they should be appointed as CC members.

However, a senior leader of the party close to Chairman Dahal, Haribol Gajurel, claimed that the meeting was postponed till March 25 because the party’s top leaders were busy and not because of any dispute over selection of remaining CC members.

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