Saran`s meeting with Bhattarai raises eyebrows among Maoists

Last Updated: Monday, August 9, 2010 - 23:16

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.

PTI



First Published: Monday, August 9, 2010 - 23:16

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