KATHMANDU: CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidya has expressed his stern objection over the ongoing integration of former Maoist fighters into the Nepal Army (NA).
Baidhya, who used to be one of the vice chairmen of the UCPN-Maoist, displayed his discontent over the integration process, during his meeting with UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Sunday.
Integration process saw a new twist when the controversy of age surfaced after the army recruitment committees disqualified a significant number of “overage and underage” ex-Maoist combatants, only to halt the integration of 3,123 ex-combatants.
Baidhya walked into Dahal’s residence in Lazimpat for the first time today after the party split.
On the occasion, it is learnt Dahal assured Baidhya that integration will take place in a respectable manner.
The combatants have been demanding that the age verified by UNMIN in 2007 be recognised. But the Nepali Army — whose representatives at the cantonments conducting the process — chose to recognise the age mentioned in the combatants' citizenship cards. The problem arose after many combatants were found to be underage — below 18 years — at the time of joining PLA if they recognised the UNMIN verified age.
The duo also discussed ways to settle the disputes over the ownership of party offices following the split, said CPN-Maoist leader Dev Gurung.
Dahal and Baidhya were Maoist insurgents till they joined mainstream politics with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Accord in the year 2006.