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UCPN-M leaders doubt party’s future

Tika R Pradhan

KATHMANDU, July 13

With both the top leaders of the Unified CPN-Maoist claiming that the party will be dissolved if proper action is not taken on time, party leaders are confused about the fate of the party after the constitution is promulgated.

Both Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and senior leader Baburam Bhattarai have been saying the party is on the verge of dissolution.

Yesterday, the two leaders passed the buck to each other over the party’s deteriorating health.

Most of the Central Committee members believe the party will cease to exist if the two leader sever ties.

Central member Renu Chand said none of the two leaders will remain if they split. She said the party must be managed after constitution is promulgated and if the leaders fail to do so, the party will collapse.

Dahal has been telling his leaders and cadres that the party’s system has collapsed and therefore the party is on survival mode for the time being.

Leaders and cadres are waiting for the constitution to be drafted in a compromised form and they believe the top leaders will patch up their differences.

Chand said party leaders are in the dark about the crux of the matter that has been bugging the two top leaders despite the two being guided by same ideology.

Another central member Lucky Sherpa said leaders of the party fear the Bhattarai faction has been preparing to split the party by holding separate meetings. “But the two top leaders cannot exist without each other,” she said, adding that they have no option but to rejuvenate the party once again.

On the other hand, Central member Anjana Bishankhe claimed that there would be drastic change in the party after the nation got the new constitution. She said the party, reeling under the failure in its system since its Biratnagar gathering, will gradually come into place.

She said that many leaders believe the party will not split, adding that the leadership should take the responsibility of party’s success as well as failure.


A version of this article appears in print on July 14, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.


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