Nepal`s Maoist leader threatens People` Revolution
Last Updated: Saturday, September 24, 2011, 19:56
Kathmandu: Serious differences have cropped up in Nepal's ruling Maoists with a senior leader Mohan Vaidya giving an ultimatum to part ways with strongman Prachanda and threatening to return to the jungle to start another "people's revolution".

The differences in the party have surfaced over the issue of Maoist tieing with Madhesi parties to prop up the new coalition government in the country.

Prachanda had sought clarification from Vaidya yesterday after the latter organised a separate gathering of his followers in the capital on Wednesday.

Vaidya is learnt to have told Prachanda that they were not holding separate meeting, but organising interactive training programme for the party cadres.

During his meeting with Prachanda, Vaidya had warned saying "our ultimate destination is peoples revolution and if the establishment does not agree with the idea, we are ready to go for that alone," the Annapurna Post reported, quoting senior Maoist leader close to Prachanda, Posta Bahadur Bogati.

Party secretary C P Gajurel, who is close to Vaidya said that the four point agreement reached between the UCPN-Maoist and the Joint Democratic Madhesi Alliance was against the national interest.

"The four point agreement gives a blow to the sentiment of nationalism and national independence," he said.

The Vaidya faction has opposed the handing over of keys of the arms container to the all-party Special Committee by the party establishment and the signing of the four point deal with the Madhesi Front, a grouping of five Madhesi parties.

The infighting in the party adds new dimension to the crisis faced by the Himalayan nation, already grappling to meet the deadline to draft a new constitution for the country and the problems of disarmed cadres of the party.

The four point agreement includes among other things recruiting at least 10,000 Madhesi people in Nepal Army with the creation of a separate Madhesi unit, concluding the peace process within 45 days of formation of the government and providing autonomy to Madhesi region with more rights and representation.

The Vaidya faction has also not joined the Baburam Bhattarai led coalition government to show their disagreement to the working style of the party establishment.

He, however, ruled out the possibility of splitting the largest party in the Constituent Assembly.

"We won't allow the party to be divided," he said. The matter will be resolved during the central committee meeting of the party scheduled to be held towards September end, he said.


First Published: Saturday, September 24, 2011, 19:56

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