Maoist Cen­ter’s unity na­tional con­ven­tion de­ferred

People's Review - - NATION - By Our Re­porter

The rul­ing CPN-Maoist Cen­tre has de­cided to post­pone its unity na­tional con­ven­tion. A meet­ing held at the Laz­im­pat res­i­dence of Prime Min­is­ter and Cen­tre's chair­man Pushpa Ka­mal Da­hal de­cided to stall the na­tional unity con­ven­tion cit­ing the need for the party to fo­cus more on the govern­ment than on the or­gan­i­sa­tional is­sues. The Cen­tre was formed un­der Da­hal by amal­ga­mat­ing nine dif­fer­ent break-away par­ties of the CPN-Maoist with the mother party a few months ago. The fac­tions of Ram Ba­hadur Thapa, Mani Thapa, Ma­trika Ya­dav and oth­ers were uni­fied af­ter Dr Babu­ram Bhat­tarai's exit from the CPN-Maoist. The lead­ers had agreed to hold the unity con­ven­tion in Jan­uary next year. The party had also con­sti­tuted a con­ven­tion or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee of about 2500 mem­bers. The Maoist lead­ers chose to hold the meet­ing on the fate of the cen­tre's con­ven­tion at Laz­im­pat as many lead­ers hes­i­tated to visit Prime Min­is­ter Da­hal's of­fi­cial res­i­dence in Baluwatar. How­ever, the meet­ing de­cided to or­gan­ise pro­vin­cial meet­ings and re­struc­ture the de­part­ments of the party. The na­tional unity con­ven­tion is essential to ap­prove the uni­fi­ca­tion and re­ceive the sta­tus of a party. How­ever, ap­point­ment of Da­hal to the top ex­ec­u­tive post has caused a de­lay to make the Cen­tre a po­lit­i­cal party for­mally and en­dorse the unity. In the lat­est po­lit­i­cal devel­op­ment, it looks likely that the party will again suf­fer a break as Maoist Cen­tre's lead­ers like Prabhu Sah have strongly op­posed the ex­pan­sion of the cab­i­net by Prime Min­is­ter Da­hal. If the unity con­ven­tion is post­poned again, many of the lead­ers are likely to desert the newly formed Maoist Cen­tre.

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