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UCPN (M) factions flex muscles, as Bhattarai warns of boycott

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The Baburam Bhattarai faction of UCPN (Maoist) has threatened to boycott the party's central committee meeting on Aug 26, if the party establishment faction led by chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal continues to act against them with what they called as the "ill intention."

UCPN (M) Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal (File photo)Bhattarai faction leaders further say the withdrawal of action against central committee leaders Ganga Narayan Shrestha and Ramrijan Yadav will be the pre-condition for them to participate in the central committee meeting.

Leaders of the pro-Bhattarai faction held a meeting at Bhattarai's residence at Sanepa, Lalitpur and took a decision to this effect, Wednesday.

"The action against Shrestha and Yadav is illegal. If it is not withdrawn immediately, we won't be able to attend the central committee meeting," says Nawaraj Subedi, a leader who took part in today's meeting.

"It is meaningless to attend the party's meeting until the political thoughts of both the sides floated in the Biratnagar convention are jointly brought to the central committee's purview."

The Sanepa meeting of Bhattarai faction also concluded that the action against two leaders will affect the constitution making process, too.

"The priority now is to provide a forward-looking constitution to the people taking all sides into confidence. In contrast, the action against two leaders has created political illusion among people and mistrust among Maoist cadres."

Senior leader Baburam Bhattarai (File photo)UCPN (M) senior leader Baburam Bhattarai himself was present in the meeting attended by Prabhu Sah, Hisila Yami, Ganga Shrestha and the two leaders who faced the action.

Earlier, a meeting of UCPN (M)'s Standing Committee held at party chair Dahal's residence at Lazimpat, Kathmandu decided to suspend Shrestha and Yadav from all party responsibilities, as they allegedly helped set up a parallel district committee in Dhanusha against the one formed by the Dahal faction.

Shrestha and Yadav were the chief guests when the parallel committee was formed in Dhanusha.

The Lazimpat meeting further decided to send official letters to Bhattarai and two secretaries - Top Bahadur Raimajhi and Debendra Poudel, for being absent in a meeting called by the party.

As per the UCPN (M)'s statute, a person will lose his/her respective position, if s/he remains absent in three meetings in a row without informing the party.

Meanwhile, UCPN (M) spokesperson Dinanath Sharma, a leader of the Dahal faction, has said that the action against Shrestha and Yadav and the sending of letter to Bhattarai, Raimajhi and Poudel were as per the party statute.

"Party's rules, regulations and statute imply equally to all leaders and cadres. There is no concession to treat some particular leaders separately," Sharma adds.

Party chair Dahal and senior leader Bhattarai - both former prime ministers, are at loggerheads since the Biratnagar convention, as they disputed intensely on the party's political line during the event but failed to find a common ground.

Due to the failure to mitigate the issue later in the party's several meetings, the Bhattarai faction decided to set up parallel committees at the district level - something vehemently opposed by the Dahal faction.



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