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Maoist internal review sparks blame game

  • Ready to step down: Dahal

KATHMANDU, DEC 15 - An internal assessment of the UCPN (Maoist) that “poll rigging” was not the major reason behind its defeat in the November polls has triggered a blame game between the rival factions led by Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and senior leader Baburam Bhattarai.

The mudslinging came to fore on Friday after Bhattarai stated on Facebook that the party had to face this situation due to non-cooperation from his own colleagues. Bhattarai said he was in favour of extending the Constituent Assembly by imposing a state of emergency but he could not do so due to non-cooperation from his own party colleagues. He was hinting at Dahal’s opposition to extend the CA by six months. The Bhattarai faction is pressing Dahal for self-criticism taking the moral responsibility of party’s defeat.  

The Bhattarai camp is saying that Dahal as party chairman should take a moral responsibility for the party’s humiliating defeat in the election, while the Dahal faction maintains that it is a collective failure of all top leaders—Dahal, Bhattarai and Narayan Kaji Shrestha. The internal assessment, presented at the party’s Central Committee meeting a week ago, cited the misrepresentation of the party on issue of federalism and the party’s split behind the defeat in the election.

Leaders of the Dahal faction, however, insist that it was the Bhattarai-led government that damaged the party’s reputation and Bhattarai should take the responsibility. “The Bhattarai government failed to deliver. Similarly, it is a collective failure of the party and all the leaders should take the responsibility for the defeat,” said CC member Khagraj Bhatta.

The party has already concluded that failure to manage the party organisation; misleading reports submitted by party’s local committee, eroding proletariat character of the party are the main reasons for the party’s defeat in the election. The party is also demanding a probe committee investigate the vote-rigging.

Shrestha has said that the party lost the election as his suggestions were not taken seriously before the election. Shrestha had suggested Dahal not to go for the formation of chief justice-led government.

Ready to step down: Dahal

Chairman of UCPN (Maoist) Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said he is ready to take “moral responsibility” for the election defeat and quit as the party chief if any leader is ready to take the party reins. “I am ready to step down as party chairman if any senior leader steps up to take the charge,” Dahal told student leaders in a meeting in the Capital on Saturday.


Posted on: 2013-12-15 09:05