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UCPN Maoist resolve friction, plenum participants stress on ending factionalism

KATHMANDU: ex-combatants of the UCPN-Maoist and members of its sister wing-Young Communists League (YCL) have called off their protest programmes after the party leadership agreed to investigate into the alleged financial irregularities in the cantonments.

A meeting of the former combatants with party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal decided to form a probe commission following resignation by the commanders. The commission would present a report on the same within a month.

As per the agreement, Amik Sherchan will head a three-member team to look into the complaints of financial irregularities while party Secretary Post Bahadur Bogati will head a three-member committee on army integration.

Following the agreement, all division commanders except Santu Rai from the seventh division have resigned from their posts.

Prakash Pandey, member of the struggle committee of the disgruntled ex-fighters, said they withdrew their protest programmes after the agreement on formation of two commissions on army integration and financial irregularities.

It may be noted that the former combatants and YCL members had obstructed the ongoing 7th plenum of the party, demanding investigation into reports of financial irregularities in the cantonments.

The UCPN (Maoist) party risked another division if groupism harnessing inside the party was not put to an end immediately, said team leaders commenting on Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s political report in the ongoing 7th extended meeting of the party in the capital.

Majority of the party members commenting on the report Thursday were of the view that the party should be governed on the basis of pro-people centralism and that action should be taken against those promoting anarchism in the name of the party.

Seven of the 17 leaders of the groups formed for deliberation on Chairman Dahal’s political report speaking today suggested the party leadership to free the party off groupism and to clarify why the party has not been able to run pro-people programs despite leading the government.

Speaking on behalf of the party’s central advisory group, Chitra Bahadur Shrestha said since the party joined the peace process fiscal anarchy increased and was run in an individualist manner at the cost of pro-people centralism.
He also pointed out the lack of coordination between the Government and the party, ambiguity over BIPPA agreement reached with India, and suggested party Chairman to include in his report immediate and long-term vision and policy of the party.

Likewise, sharing the deliberations that took place in the group discussion, labour leader Shalikram Jamarkattel urged the party to clear its approach towards India and sought clarification over the BIPPA agreement and the decision to hand over management of the Tribhuvan International Airport.

He questioned the government’s decision to give lifetime perks and privileges to former Prime ministers, former speakers and other office-bearers and to bulldoze landless squatter’s homes.

Leader Jamarkattel also urged the party leadership to come up with a clear strategy to deal with the anti-party activities being carried out by those who abandoned the party, and joined hands with the NC and UML.

He stressed on the need of respectable army integration for the former PLA members.

Ishwori Bhandari, who came from India to participate in the extended meeting, urged the party leadership to clarify the major controversies surrounding the party.

Leader Bhandari also demanded special proposal on party unity.

Similarly, Ram Lautan Tiwari of the Awadh State Committee urged the party leadership to become clear on BIPPA, extradition treaty and handover of the management of Tribhuvan International Airport.

He expressed concern over not mentioning of the Indian excesses on Nepal and border encroachment by the Indians in the political report of Chairman Dahal.

Gajendra Mahat of Bheri Karnali State Committee, Raj Kumar Rai of Kirat State Committee and Amar Tamu of Tamuwan State Committee stressed the need to end factionalism in the party and encourage unity.

They also demanded stringent action against those involved in financial irregularities inside the party.

The meeting would continue from 11:00am tomorrow. RSS

Published Date: Thursday, July 19th, 2012 | 10:06 AM

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