Chand calls Dahal‚ Bhattarai a failure

DANG: CPN-Maoist Secretary Netra Bikram Chand today said the leadership of the Unified CPN-Maoist was a complete failure and that unity between his party, CPN-Maoist, and the UCPN-M was possible only if the latter accepted CPN-M’s leadership.

Speaking at a programme in Tulsipur of Dang, Chand said UCPN-M Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Vice-chairman and Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai had failed on all aspects — political as well moral grounds.

“The recent moves to reform the party after pressure from their own cadres to probe into different allegations reflect that they needed to be put under scanner for their failure,” said Chand, a strong critic of the UCPN-M and its leadership. “If they realise their mistakes and vow to reform in true sense, unity is possible. However, they have to accept our leadership.”

Taking strong exception to UCPN-M and its leadership’s various decisions and moves, a section led by Mohan Baidhya, who now chairs the newly formed CPN-M, had decided to split, and since then CPN-M leaders have been coming down heavily on Dahal and Bhattarai.

Chand, who has criticised in the past the UCPN-M leadership for surrendering to other political parties, has also been objecting to Dahal and Bhattarai’s decision to go for integration.

On national agendas, Chand said political parties must reach an understanding on core issues and that they must pledge to implement the 12-point agreement. “An agreement reached among Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Sushil Koirala, Jhala Nath Khanal, Baburam Bhattarai and Bijay Kumar Gachhadar behind the closed doors is not going to help the country come out of political crisis,” said Chand. “All political parties and civil society should be involved in the negotiations.” The CPN-M since its formation in the second week of June has been calling for a round-table conference and believes that such a conference can only get the country out of political crisis.

Stating that the political parties must explore ways to forge consensus, Chand said reviving the Constituent Assembly was out of question.
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