Nepal: Line Struggle Deepens
Posted by hetty7 on October 25, 2011
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BIPPA (Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement) Only Widens the Maoist Rift
Post B Basnet/Kiran Pun
Kathmandu, Oct. 25: As the internal dispute over the party’s tactical line flared up, raising doubts over party unity, Maoist rival factions had decided on Oct. 13 to cease all type of hostilities and hold a Central Committee meeting on Nov. 3rd to resolve the issues.
As part of the deal, the factions – radicals and moderates – canceled their separate national gatherings in Kathmandu and agreed not to slander each other in public. But the truce was broken within a couple of days.
“It’s the Chairman – not us – who first broke the agreement by holding gatherings in Chitwan and Pokhara,” said Kul Prasad KC from the hard line faction.
He claimed that his faction had to hold separate gatherings to inform cadres about the party’s official line.
But party leaders from the establishment faction claimed that the chairman is busy holding the programs as per the party’s official decisions. “The chairman is holding the party’s programs – not those of any faction,” said Agni Sapkota, who is close to Dahal.
Chairman Dahal and his associates including Sapkota, Shaki Basnet and Girirajmani Pokharel are visiting the districts to consolidate their positions. Similarly, radical faction leaders including Senior Vice-chairman Mohan Baidya, General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa, Netra Bikram Chand and Khadga Bahadur Bishwakarma are busy holding separate gatherings.
The factional chasm in the party has further widened with the signing of the Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPPA) during Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai’s India visit. And the leaders have begun mudslinging at each other.
Party radicals not only greeted Bhattarai with black flags upon his arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport on Sunday, but they have also threatened to take to the streets if the “anti-national deal” is not scrapped immediately.
On Monday, Thapa reiterated his claim that Dahal was dancing to the tune of India’s Research and Analysis Wing and following their directives against the national interests.
“The chairman had confided to me that he met RAW agents during the recent Siliguri visit,” Thapa told reporters at Kohalpur, citing the incident as an example of Dahal following India’s directives.
When local journalists asked Dahal at Simara Airport to comment on the allegation, he only said, “It is pointless to comment on such meaningless talk.”
In their separate gatherings, the party establishment in turn has projected the radicals as disrupters of peace and constitution.
Both KC and Sapkota stated that the leaders should take up self-criticism for their mistakes and sae party unity.
The party has scheduled the Central Committee meeting for Nov. 3 to resolve the disputes, but party leaders doubt if the party could hold a Central Committee at all, given the heightening of internal tensions.
There would be no meeting of the Central Committee if things continue as now” said Politburo Member Karki.