Thursday, 24th April 2014

Maoist cadres vandalise Dhading party office over PR seat row

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Irate cadres of UCPN (Maoist) party have vandalised their own party office in Dhading district on Tuesday following a row over the handing out of the Proportional Representation (PR) seats.

The district level leaders and activists burnt important documents they seized from the office, vandalized office equipment,  furniture and sign board and set them on fire while chanting slogans against the party leadership. Later, they padlocked the party office to show their dissatisfaction over party leadership’s unilateral decision  while selecting the party’s list of final 54 PR candidates, reports said.

The Maoist activists took such a drastic step to express their resentment and dissatisfaction after Maoist district leader Ram Bahadur Bhandari, who they claimed has devoted many years of his life in the service of the party, didn’t appear in the final list of candidates under the PR  electoral system submitted to the Election Commission (EC) on Monday.
They also expressed their resentment over the selection of PR candidates by the party, especially former Inspector General of Police Rabindra Pratap Shah’s inclusion in the final list instead of Bhandari, although the latter had initially been recommended for the PR seat.

UCPN (M) submitted the final list of PR candidates amid serious dissatisfaction and resentment among their senior leaders over the allotment of the PR seats. Senior Baburam Bhattarai and Narayan Kaji Shrestha had boycotted party's central committee meeting held at Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal's residence in Lazimpat on Monday, expressing serious reservation over the allotment of the PR seats.



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