Top Maoists accuse Prachanda of promoting corruption: Report

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.