Top Maoists accuse Prachanda of promoting corruption: Report

Last Updated: Saturday, November 13, 2010 - 00:14

Kathmandu: Nepal Maoist supremo Prachanda
has been accused of promoting corruption, nepotism and lack of
transparency in financial matters of the party in internal
documents ahead of a key conclave of the organisation.

In separate documents ahead of Unified Communist Party
of Nepal-Maoist`s (UCPN-Maoist) extended central committee
meeting on November 21, hardline leader and Vice chairman
Mohan Vaidya `Kiran` and Baburam Bhattarai, the deputy of the
party, have accused Prachanda of promoting corruption,
nepotism and lack of transparency in finacial matters,
according to the Nepali Nagarik daily.

The report said these allegations are contained in the
separate policy documents that the two senior leaders have
submitted to the party headquarters three months ago as they
refused to endorse the political document presented by
Prachanda, the Chairman of UCPN-Maoist.

According to the documents, a neo-feudal group has
emerged within the party due to the protection given by the
party leadership to smugglers, illegal traders and the corrupt
people.

They have alleged that the 56-year-old former prime
minister has accumulated crores of rupees through corrupt
practices which has resulted in rise of neo-feudalism within
the party, the report said.

It is interesting to note that Vaidya and Bhattarai,
who belongs to ideologically opposite poles, have united in
criticising Prachanda during a meeting convened to prepare for
their party?s extended central committee meeting in Gorkha
district of western Nepal.

Negative message has spread among the party cadres due
to allegation of horse trading (during the Prime Ministerial
election) and lack of transparency in the party?s accounting
system, the daily quoted Bhattarai`s paper as saying. In his separate paper, Prachanda favoured launching a
"mass revolt" if the Maoists were not given a chance to lead
the government.

However, Bhattarai takes a moderate line that the
party should work together with other forces that were part of
the 2006 mass movement in Nepal, and it should also cultivate
the democracratic nations, including India.

Vaidya, however, favoured a mass revolt to capture
power.

Even as the future policy and approach the party will
be debated in the crucial meeting later this mont, the party
rank and file has been divided over the issue of corruption
and nepotism linking Prachanda.

Prachanda has appointed his daughter as lawmaker,
while his brother, son and other close relatives have been
appointed to various party posts, the Nepali daily said. These
issues have come under media scrutiny from time to time.
The Maoists, who joined mainstream politics in 2006
after a decade-long insurgency, won the maximum seats in 2008
elections and briefly led the government before Prachanda quit
as premier following differences with the country`s President
over the sacking of the then army chief.

It is for the first time that Prachanda is being
criticized by his senior colleagues and these are sure to
emerge as major issues during the party’s grand conclave next
week.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, November 13, 2010 - 00:14

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