While the article ‘Whither progress?’ basically focused on the Nepali Congress and its leader, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, the situation in the other major political party of Nepal, the United Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), is not hunky-dory either. In fact, the party that led the revolutionary movement, and was considered an emblem of people’s rights, is now divided into various factions, each going its own way. Instead of working together with other political parties to achieve its goal of the betterment and welfare of the Nepalese people, the party is wasting all its energy and resources in infighting.
What happened at the UCPN-M annual convention was simply shameful. While Pushpa Kamal Dahal was re-elected as the party chairperson, a senior leader, Baburam Bhattarai walked out of the convention midway because of differences with Dahal. The fact that Dahal was made the party’s chairman for the 23rd consecutive year does not say much about the way the party is functioning. Doesn’t it have other able leaders? Despite my support for the UCPN-M, I am forced to say that it has become stagnant mainly because of the lack of change in the faces that rule its upper echelons.