KATHMANDU: UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has discussed with leaders of different levels of party in a bid to resolve the widening intra-party rift.
Dahal is learnt to have discussed with leaders to keep the party united and search for a common ground to move ahead.
Dahal's aide Shiva Khakurel said party politburo members, district in-charges and central advisors were consulted at Dahal's residence, Lazimpat.
Party politburo member Lokendra Bistamagar who was present at the consultation meeting said, "Party Chairman has held discussions honestly to keep the party united as party leadership is expected to take special efforts for unity."
During the meeting, most of the leaders stressed that the dissident faction led by senior Vice-chairman Mohan Baidya has no option but to go ahead by being united by accepting the proposal floated by party chairman Dahal.
Emphasising the need of party unity, the leaders said that the party should remain firm to institutionalise the achievements of 10-year People's War and People's Movement-II including republic, federalism, secularism, equality among others.
During the meeting, discussions were held regarding disciplinary action to those leaders who breach the party discipline and norms by misinterpreting chairman Dahal's statement that he was ready to quit the post if the party remains undivided.
Similarly, another politburo member Haribol Gajurel said that issues relating to the party unity were discussed accusing the Baidya faction of being effortful for a party split for post and power instead of ideological deviation in the party as they have claimed.
He said, "Chairman is ready to put-in all sorts of strategies for party unity. People's expectations and country's needs is party unity, not party split. Initiative for party unity should be done on the same basis."
Gajurel, a close lieutenant of party chairman Dahal, ruled out the possibility of party split as the party chairman was ready to address the genuine demands of the disgruntled faction and bring the Baidya faction for party unity.
Similarly, a separate taskforce of party Vice-chairman Narayan Kaji Shrestha and standing committee member Krishna Bahadur Mahara is also doing its best to find the bases for party unity that could settle the issues in win-win situation to both the factions--establishment and dissident.
Meanwhile, the Baidya faction has asked the establishment faction to prepare a convincing basis for party unity. Baidya faction's remark was made public after party chairman Dahal opined that he was even ready to quit the post to keep the party united.
Party standing committee member and leader of Baidya faction Netra Bikram Chand said party chairman should quit the post by accepting the failure of his line taken for peace and constitution.