Posting a press statement on his Facebook account, UCPN (Maoist) leader Baburam Bhattarai has refuted news reports that his role in the current conflict within the party stems from his greed for the leadership position in the party.
“Whatever my influences, reports that I am demanding a post is untrue, deceptive and with wrong intentions. I completely refute them,” Bhattarai says in his post. “The focus of the current discussions is on democratic ideals and processes but certainly not specific to any person or position.”
Bhattarai further says that he has been continuously speaking on developing a new democratic model for the party. Arguing that it is an old tradition to shift attention from the main issue by inventing conspiracy theories, Bhattarai has requested all, including media, to not spread such unethical reports and contribute develop a democratic custom that has room for healthy political discussions.
Bhattarai’s statement comes at a time when a rift between him and UCPN (Maoist) president Dahal has ripened over the selection of proportional representation candidates from the party for the CA and the poor performance of the party in the CA election. Bhattarai and leader Narayan Kaji Shrestha have been publicly challenging the policies of Dahal. The central committee of UCPN (Maoist) is scheduled this Saturday and Dahal is expected to present a paper, analyzing the causes for the party’s poor performance in the CA elections and offering reforms in the party’s organizational structure.