N24, KATHMANDU: The Maoist outfit has probably never torn apart organizationally as currently. Inter alia, separate rallies were taken out by rival factions of the party coinciding with “People’s Movement Day.”
While the establishment faction led by party Prachanda and Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai staged a rally at Basantapur, the hard-line camp backed by 11 fringe parties and groups held a gathering at Ratna Park.
Prachanda predictably skipped both the engagements on “health problems.” A leader close to him said the Maoist chief avoided both mass meetings considering its possible repercussions on party unity.
Leaders from the rival factions traded charges against each other claiming that each camp represented “actual aspirations of the people.” The leaders spent most of their time launching diatribes against their opponents.
The establishment faction underlined the need for completing the peace process and drafting a “consensual constitution,” while the hardliners emphasised on “people’s constitution.”
PM Baburam Bhattarai said revolution was not a matter of “personal choice while pointing out that the hardliners were talking about revolution without considering the country’s situation.
He termed the Baidya faction “ultra-leftist” and “mechanical” devoid of objective analysis of political situation.
He reassured that though some issues related to integration of former combatants are yet to be resolved, the process would conclude by April 12. “Both communist and parliamentary constitutions are not possible at this juncture, this is a time to draft a “consensual constitution” to consolidate the achievements made so far,” Bhattarai said.
Addressing the separate rally Baidya said that organising parallel meeting is a clear indication of “their revolt” against the party leadership.
“This is also a revolution against the opportunist, capitalist and elite groups.” He went on to blame that NC, UML and the “elite group” of his party were hatching plots against the people’s revolution.
Baidya dubbed the Bhattarai-led government a “puppet.” He said that the present government has outdone the UML and the Nepali Congress in terms of anti-national activities and agreements.
“Present government is a puppet government like the one led by Madhav Kumar Nepal. This has left the NC and the UML behind by signing BIPPA,” Baidya said. Two years ago, the Maoist party had taken to the streets to topple the Nepal-led government terming it a puppet.
Baidya threatened to launch a revolution if there was any conspiracy against drafting of a ‘people’s constitution’. “The 2046 revolution will be revived. We will lead the revolution if the establishment faction shuns it,” he said. “We are not going to commit suicide for the leadership’s failure. Revolution is inevitable then.”
The Baidya faction also burnt effigies of party Chairman Dahal and PM Bhattarai in Hetauda, Makawanpur. They also burnt copies of “unequal treaties signed with India” in many districts. The hardliners burnt copies of Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement, Mahakali Treaty, Koshi Treaty and Gandak Treaty.
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