Kathmandu: Top Maoist leader Baburam
Bhattarai has allegedly been threatened by hardline cadres of
his party supposed to be close to Prachanda, a sign of the
growing factionalism within the Unified Communist Party of
Moderate UCPN-Maoist leader Bhattarai has complained
to the party general secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa that a group
of trade union activists close to Prachanda had threatened to
finish him off inside the party office at Perisdanda in the
outskirt of the capital.
Maoist cadres close to Bhattarai had heard some trade
union leaders of the party talking over phone to finish him,
party sources said.
Bhattarai has sought action against them and demanded
security from Maoist Home Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara.
The chairman of Maoist affiliated Revolutionary
Journalists Association Maheshwor Dahal expressed concern over
the threat against Bhattarai and demanded that the party take
action against the guilty.
The insecurity felt by senior Maoist leader from
within the party reflects the intra-party feud surfaced within
the Maoist party recently, Dahal said.
The party is divided into three faction led by
chairman Prachanda, senior vice chairman Mohan Vaidya `Kiran`
and vice chairman Bhattarai. They all have their own trade
union group which are at war with each other.