Clash of ideologies surfaces in the Maoist party

Prachanda`s failure to get elected as Nepal`s Prime Minister has led to bickering among the once united Nepalese Maoists, pushing them into intense factionalism.

Kathmandu: Prachanda`s failure to get
elected as Nepal`s Prime Minister has led to bickering among
the once united Nepalese Maoists, pushing them into intense

At a time when the Nepal Parliament is deadlocked for
two months to elect a new Prime Minister, clash of ideologies
have openly surfaced among the top personalities in the
UCPN-Maoist, the largest party in the Parliament.

Both Maoist chief Prachanda and Nepali Congress
Vice-president Ramchandra Poudyal have been rejected by the
Parliament for five times as they failed to secure the
required 50 per cent plus votes.

Prachanda and his two deputies hardliner Mohan Vaidya
Kiran and soft-liner Baburam Bhattarai have presented three
separate political documents during their recent high level
meetings. This was the first time in the two decade-long
history of the party that such differences openly came to

After Prachanda presented his political document
during the party`s standing committee meeting held at its head
office at Parisdanda in Kathmandu on?Saturday, the two leaders
Vaidya and Bhattarai presented alternative documents

The Maoist plenum to be held in September is likely
to take up three separate political documents, party sources
said. The Maoist party had not held its general convention for
the past 19 years as it was underground during the decade long
insurgency (1996-2006).

Though the Maoists have kept their high level
meetings top secret and beyond the reaches of media, their
differences have been leaked to a section of the media.

The growing divisions in the Maoist party have two
dimensions: first intense factionalism reflecting clash of
personalities and second differences on policies and
strategies, reports Republica, a national daily.

The Maoist party is vertically split in three
factions, the daily states, one led by Prachanda the other led
by Vaidya and the third led by Bhattarai.

Prachanda terms Vaidya`s statement as ultra-left and
Bhattarai`s as revisionism.

CPN-Maoist, which ended its decade-long civil war in
2006, is the single largest party with 238 seats in the
Constituent Assembly, while Nepali Congress has 114 members in
the House whose two-year term was extended by one year on May
28. Vaidya terms Prachanda as centrist and Bhattarai as
revisionist. Similarly, Bhattarai terms Prachanda as shaky
ideologue and Vaidya as ultra-left adventurist.

Bhattarai also labels Vaidya as classical communist
whose thoughts are frozen in the past. Vaidya is strongly
pushing the party towards an urban uprising and he is of the
view to launching peoples revolt to achieve communist
political agenda by reviewing the party`s present course of
action, according to the daily.

Vaidya does not have faith in multiparty pluralistic
ideology as Bhattarai does. Bhattarai is for
institutionalising current achievements and completion of
peace process and drafting of the constitution.

However, Prachanda`s political ideology is vague as he
is moving ahead with the agenda of peace and constitution
while at the same time he wants to prepare ground for another

The Maoist party launched a year long agitation to
topple the Madhav Kumar Nepal led government but after his
resignation the party could not garner support from other
parties to form a government under its leadership.

Prachanda is also being criticised by his two
deputies for being more power-centred as he did not give
chance to other leaders like Bhattarai to contest for the post
of Prime Minister when there was more chances of Bhattarai
getting support from other parties than Prachanda himself.


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