KATHMANDU: Leaders close to Baburam Bhattarai of UCPN (Maoist) have formed a parallel district committee in Kathmandu. A press conference was organised at the Alfa Beta Complex in New Baneshwor in the Capital on Wednesday to inform about the formation of parallel committee .
The Baburam Bhattarai-led faction of the UCPN (M) formed a 57-member district committee under the chairmanship of Mahendra Shrestha. Claiming that their committee was the legitimate one, Bhattarai faction said that leader Himal Sharma, chairman of the earlier district committee, was appointed as the vice-chairman of the new committee.
Speaking at the press meet, chairman Shrestha informed that the ideological issues raised during party’s Biratnagar Convention would be taken for further deliberations in the district committee.
Shrestha was the party’s candidate from Kathmandu constituency-5 in last year’s Constituent Assembly election. Leaders close to Bhattarai had, in the past, formed parallel committee s in Dhanusha, Kaski and other districts.
The UCPN (M) Standing Committee meeting on August 4 had taken action against leaders Ganga Shrestha and Ram Rijhan Yadav for their role in forming parallel district committees following which Shrestha was suspended from the SC for three months, while Yadav was suspended for a month.
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