KATHMANDU: The Maoist Central Committee(CC) meeting-- which commenced amidst the intra-party rifts, with the party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal prioritizing on peace and statute, and the Maoist hardliner Mohan Baidhya stressing on struggle and revolt—is to continue today also at the party headquarters in perisdanda, Koteshwor.
Today’s CC meet, which is scheduled to kick off at twelve noon, is to witness Maoist standing committee members and politburo members reflecting on the proposals floated by Dahal and Baidhya.
On Wednesday’s CC meet, leaders aligned to the Maoist hardline faction led by Vice-chairman Mohan Baidhya — General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa, Secretary CP Gajurel and standing committee members Dev Prasad Gurung and Netra Bikram Chand — heavily criticised Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal for leading the party towards ‘rightist opportunism’.
Whereas Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, one of the vice-chairmen, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Narayan Kaji Shrestha, also a vice-chairman, Energy Minister Post Bahadur Bogati, and the standing committee member Krishna Bahadur Mahara stood in support of Dahal’s document.
Baidhya, who presented his 12-page document during Tuesday’s CC meet, sees no alternative to immediate people’s revolt and made a claim that opting for the peace and constitution will bear no fruits at this bleak state of affairs, where people’s hopes and aspirations have been already kept at bay." Pro-people constitution is impossible," according to Baidhya.
But, Dahal has prioritised peace and statute and not the capture of state power in his political document presented on Saturday.
Dahal has also presented offer to patch up intra-party differences through the general convention and on the majority basis.
Meanwhile, Baidhya’s document has accused establishment faction led by Dahal of trying to divert all attempts for the preparation of people’s revolt.
Dissenting Maoists have been ranting condemnations against the establishment faction for abandoning the 'line of revolt' which was adopted by the party’s sixth plenum at Palungtar in Gorkha last year.
For Baidhya, Dahal’s document was inspired by ‘rightist opportunism’ and aimed at splitting the party. " Dahal is the center of all evils and his paper cannot resolve the current ideological crisis afflicting the party," said Baidhya.
" Dahal has given up all the party stances and supported the capitalist agents," Baidhya's added.
Establishment faction and Baidhya faction inside Maoists are at bad terms since the former started taking decisions on peace, statute, government formation and power sharing single-handedly, often inking different pacts with non-Maoist actors.