Pro-Bhattarai leaders submit differing views

Kathmandu, November 3

As many as 45 leaders of the Unified CPN-Maoist today handed over their differing views to the secretary of the party’s central office Hitraj Pande.

The leaders who were close to former UCPN-M senior leader Baburam Bhattarai have told the party that they would join the campaign to form a new and alternative force.

Bhattarai had deserted UCPN-M on September 26 announcing that he would form a new political force, which would emerge as an alternative to the existing parties.

UCPN-Maoist leaders have construed their submission of differing views as their resignation. However, party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, vice-chair Narayan Kaji Shrestha and general secretary Krishna Bahadur Mahara urged the standing committee members not to take any decision in haste.

Leader Devendra Poudel said he told Dahal that they could consider staying with the party if the existing central committee was dissolved and an environment was created to bring Baburam Bhattarai back to the party.

Those singing the differing views are Hisila Yami, Ram Rijhan Yadav, Ram Chandra Jha, Ganga Narayan Shrestha, Mahendra Paswan, Sonam Sathi, Navaraj Subedi, Bhim Prasad Gautam, Nandan Kumar Jha, Kumar Poudel, Kalpana Dhamala, Devendra Parajuli, Khimlal Devkota, Bishnu Hari Sharma, Chinak Kurmi, Balawati Sharma, Kalpana Subedi, Mahendra Shrestha, Lila Bhandari, Ram and Kumar Sharma, among others.

However, party secretary Top Bahadur Rayamajhi, central members Khagraj Bhatta and Devraj Regmi, among many others, have decided to remain with the UCPN-M, saying Bhattarai took a wrong decision.