Oli, Dahal identify bases for unity

Kathmandu January 20

CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli and CPN Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal have agreed to treat the Maoist people’s war and the UML’s parliamentary politics as the main bases for unity between the two parties.

Today, discussions were held on the common document for party unity, said Dahal after meeting Oli at his residence in Balkot, Bhaktapur. Dahal’s Personal Secretary Jokha

Bahadur Mahara said the two leaders had narrowed down ideological differences.

According to sources, Oli and Dahal will brief the PUCC meeting regarding their discussions tomorrow and they could form two task forces to work on ideological and organisational issues. The task forces will work on integrating office bearers of the two parties in the unified party.

The PUCC meeting will endorse  the modified common candidates for the National Assembly election and other posts, including speakers in provincial assemblies. He said the CPN-MC and the UML complemented each other in their struggle during the conflict era. “Without UML’s parliamentary politics, the Maoist movement would not succeed and without the Maoist movement, UML’s parliamentary politics would not be sustainable. We complement each other,” Dahal told party cadres today. According to Dahal,  in the first five years of the people’s war, regressive forces attacked the UML and in the last five years of the people’s war the regressive  forces attacked the Maoist movement.

Dahal has been convincing his leaders that CPN-MC will not neglect the people’s war and Maoism in the unified party document and it has not yet accepted the UML’s political agenda of people’s multi-party democracy. CPN-MC does not want to lose its proud history and basic agenda in the unification process, said Dahal.

“I have been struggling for party unity, but I have my doubts  whether unity will happen. Party unity cannot take place when we lose everything,” Dahal said. His message was aimed at disgruntled leaders Gopal Kirati and Bishwobhakta Dulal, who have been opposing unity. Dahal encouraged them to discuss their grievances within the party.

“We have not abandoned Maoism and the UML has not abandoned  people’s multi-party democracy. UML leaders have agreed to recognise the Maoists’ contribution to Nepal’s political revolution. We have joined multi-party democratic competition. We are discussing how to bridge our ideological differences” Dahal said, “There is no dispute between UML and the MC on the role of people’s war and its contribution to Nepali politics. We will move forward with appropriate ideological action.”