Nepal: UCPN(Maoist) Nov 14 meeting to choose from diverging views

Republica, October 14, 2010

Kathmandu:  The Maoists have decided to take separate political documents prepared by the top three leaders–Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Vice chairmen Mohan Baidya and Dr. Baburam Bhattarai–to the party plenum, scheduled to begin November 14 in Gorkha district, for debate and discussion. A meeting of the top office bearers took a decision to this effect recently.

The last central committee meeting of the party had decided that Chairman Dahal would accomodate the views expressed in the separate documents prepared by Baidya and Bhattarai and prepare a new one for presentation at the plenum. As per the decision, the vice-chairmen duo will present their documents at the plenum if they are not satisfied with Dahal’s new document. “The leaders agreed to take the separate documents to the plenum as that would be more democratic,” said Maoist politburo member Narayqan Sharma.

In the past, party chairman Dahal mixed the lines floated by Baidya and Bhattarai, but both leaders have strongly pushed for their own line this time around and are against the “fusion of ideas”.

“The plenum will consider all the lines floated by the leaders. The line that gets a majority will be the official line of the party, while the views that fall in minority will also be recorded in the party’s history,” said Sharma, who is close to Baidya.

Leaders say the plenum, slated for November 14 in Gorkha, holds special significance as Baidya and Bhattarai are preparing to challenge Dahal’s new document. “Both Baidya and Bhattarai are against diluting their views, and have so far rejected the idea of fusing them,” said a leader close to

With the party plenum approaching, senior Maoist leaders have stepped up exercises to woo party cadre. Leaders close to Dahal, Baidya and Bhattarai are busy meeting party cadres in Kathmandu and in the districts to consolidate their own factions.

The separate documents presented by the top three leaders in the last Central Committee meeting have been sent to party district and state committees.

Dahal holds sway in Sindhupalchowk, Nuwakot, Kavre, Chitwan, Rukum, Morang and Dang, among other districts, while Bhattarai enjoys majority support in Dolakha, Rupandehi, Bara, Parsa, Makawanpur, Pachthar and Taplejung. Similarly, Baidya holds sway in most districts of Maoist Magarat and Bheri-Karnali.

The top three Maoist leaders are at loggerheads over the party’s general line and choosing the principal enemy. Bhattarai is for institutionalizing the political achievements made so far and completion of the peace process, while Baidya is for launching a “people’s revolt” to realize the communist political goals. Dahal’s position is vague at best; he is for preparing grounds for an immediate revolt and pushing agendas for the peace process simultaneously.

Likewise, Dahal and Baidya are for declaring India the party’s principal enemy, while Bhattarai is for making “domestic feudalism” the principal enemy.

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