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Maoist plenum starts in capital, Prachanda slams Baidya for weakening party

KATHMANDU: The seventh extended meeting of the UCPN (Maoist) began in the capital on Tuesday. Party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal inaugurated the five-day meeting at Bhrikuti Mandap.

Earlier, the plenum had been scheduled to begin on Monday but was put off  later following  the death of three cadres in separate bus accidents when they were on the way to Kathmandu to take part in the meeting.

Addressing the meeting, party Chairman Dahal said the culture of ‘groupism’ has weakened the party and vowed to end such culture in the days ahead.
“A campaign against the culture of factionalism within the party has begun with this meeting,” he added.

Factionalism within the party may benefit some people but it has hurt the Nepali people, said Dahal and challenged Mohan Baidya to prove the meaning of the party split.

It may be noted that Baidya had announced the formation of a new party, quitting the UCPN (Maoist) recently.

“Baidya ji did a great mistake by splitting the party in context that the agendas of the peace and constitution-drafting have not been completed yet,” said Dahal. “History itself will judge his move”, he added.

He accused Baidya of not taking his call to move ahead in unison seriously and pledged to abide by the main policy of the communist parties.

Stating that every extending meetings of the UCPN (Maoist) were historic and important, he said the seventh plenum will take important decisions in favour of the nation and people.

Though the party was committed to drafting the pro-people constitutions, it was not possible due to pro-parliament forces, claimed Dahal.

He further added that though the UCPN (Maoist) was serious about completing the peace and constitution drafting process and did accordingly, the achievement was not possible due to various reasons.

“Nation could get a new constitution and see the lasting peace in time if Girija Prasad Koirala was alive,” said the Maoist Chairman.

Similarly, also speaking on the occasion, party Vice Chairman and Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai expressed hope that culture of factionalism and groupism within the party would end with the seventh plenum and that will be the most important achievement of the meeting.

The UCPN (Maoist) led by Dahal would not split and urged party cadres to be confident that party would move ahead in unity. He said that he would not move away from the path of the peace and constitution drafting process.

Similarly, party another Vice Chairman and Deputy Prime Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha said the culture of factionalism within the Maoist has ended with this meeting.

National integrity, direction of revolt and unity in the party are the most important issues of the hour, he said and expressed the confidence that a political report presented by party Chairman Dahal would motivate the party to a move ahead in unity.
Likewise, party standing committee member and meeting organizing committee coordinator Krishna Bahadur Mahara has expressed hope that the meeting would help strengthen the party.

The meeting will prove a milestone in the communist movements in Nepal and will resolve an intra-party conflict in the UCPN (Maoist), he said.
Over 5000 state committee-level party workers are participating in the plenum.
The plenum will review a political report presented by Dahal. RSS

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