Rival Maoist parties claim majority of support

PARASI: With the split up of the UCPN-Maoist after a long-standing discontent by different factions in the party, a new drama is on the show in Nawalparasi district between the mother party and its breakaway group CPN-Maoist with both claiming the majority of support in their folds.

Just a day after the splintered CPN-Maoist chaired by Mohan Baidhya held a meeting in Chormara claiming to have enjoyed majority of the support in the district, different sister organisations supporting the mother party organised a press conference in Parasi today to stake claim on the majority of support on its side.

Speaking at the programme, attended by Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai’s political advisor Devendra Poudel, party district secretary Raju Harijan described today’s programme as necessary to rebuff the tall claims made by the CPN-Maoist’s ongoing propaganda.

“Of the 22 sister organisations in the district, though chairperson and some office bearers of nine such organisations have supported them, the district working committee is still on our side,” Harijan claimed, adding, “Over 115 out of 160 members of the district committee, 8 out of 12 members of the district advisory committee and majority of the total number of about 5,000 party members in the district still favour the UCPN-M.”

Meanwhile, despite their claims of having 13 of the 22 sister organisations on their side, today UCPN-M’s programme had the participation of chairpersons of just seven organisations including the Nepal Trade Union Federation, Krantikari Patrakar Sangh, Muslim Mukti Morcha, Newa Mukti Morcha and Madhesi Mukti Morcha.

The Mohan Baidhya-led Maoist party, on the other hand, has claimed that it has the support of chairpersons and majority members of 16 sister organisations in the district.
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