Saran`s meeting with Bhattarai raises eyebrows among Maoists
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Last Updated: Monday, August 09, 2010, 23:15
Kathmandu: Special Indian envoy Shyam Saran's recent meeting with Maoist leader Baburam Bhattarai has stirred controversy within the party ranks, with a section raising questions over a 'one-on-one' between the two and demanding that a clarification be sought from the Maoist No 2.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's special envoy Saran visited Nepal last week and met top political players, including Maoist chief Prachanda.

But, party members close to Prachanda seem unhappy over Saran's separate meeting with the Maoist Vice Chairman, that came amidst a lingering political crisis in Nepal where the Constituent Assembly has failed four times to elect a Prime Minister.

Maoist politburo member Barsha Man Pun 'Ananta' told media persons that he saw the meeting as a 'mistake' and suggested that the party seek a clarification from Bhattarai over the issue. Many see Bhattarai as soft towards India as against Prachanda, who is known for his anti-India rhetoric.

"Why was it necessary for him to meet Saran one-to-one when all the office-bearers had jointly met him (Saran)," said Pun.

It has also been revealed that the Maoist chairman Prachanda also held a one-to-one meeting with Saran after the latter met Bhattarai, hours before he left for India on Friday.

According to media reports, both Dahal and Bhattarai knew about each other's separate meetings with Saran.

However, party leaders close to Prachanda have objected to Bhattarai's private meeting with Saran.


First Published: Monday, August 09, 2010, 23:15

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