Nepal: Bhattarai, Dahal should quit party: Gajurel


In what could apparently be a sign of further crisis in the already troubled UCPN (Maoist), the party’s hard-line camp has intensified attacks on the establishment faction following the signing of the Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPPA) with India.

Maoist Secretary CP Gajurel on Tuesday remarked that party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, and Vice-chairman and Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai do not have the right to stay in the party.  Accusing them of giving up the revolutionary path, he demanded that the party bid them adieu. Speaking at a programme organised at Deurali of Sindhuli district, Gajurel alleged that the Maoist leadership has deviated from the revolutionary path though the leaders talk about revolution to retain their positions in the party.

Gajurel remarked that those who talk about peace by giving up revolution could not be Maoists in a true sense. He said that the model of revolution has changed and new dimensions have emerged.

Stating that the signing of the BIPPA between Nepal and India was anti-national, Gajurel said that the deal would promote the Indian industries while Nepal government will have to bear their losses.

“All the ailing companies of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh will come to Nepal and demand compensation from the Nepal government for the losses they incur,” he claimed.

Gajurel also accused Prime Minister Bhattarai of being “a comprador” of India and dubbed his economics “outlandish”.

The ongoing Standing Committee meeting of the party will discuss the party leadership’s change of heart—if it is due to India’s external intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing, or any other factors, the Maoist leader said. He added that the meeting would make the decision whether to split the party.

The illusion among the intelligentsia that the Bhattarai-led government would do a miracle is gradually fading away, Gajurel claimed.

He added that the peace and constitution writing processes were delayed due to differences among the political parties but not because of the lawmakers. He claimed that the lawmakers should not be blamed for delay as the thematic committees have already sent their drafts to the Constituent Assembly.

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