Maoist leader Bhattarai threatened by own party cadres
Last Updated: Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 15:47
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 Nepal.

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.


First Published: Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 15:47

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