KATHMANDU, APR 09 – While its much talked about unification with the UCPN (Maoist) remains uncertain, the CPN-Maoist has intensified negotiations with other leftist forces in the country for merger. Leaders said the party has resumed dialogues with the Pari Thapa-led CPN (Unified) and CPN-Revolutionary. The CPN-Maoist had initially started talks for merger last year, but negotiations stalled following Secretary Netra Bikram Chand’s tussle with the party establishment and their eventual split. A party leader said the unification with CPN (United) is in its final stage. A high-level talks team comprising of top leaders from both the parties are in negotiation to sort out the issues delaying the unification.
“The negotiation process with some parties including CPN (United) is underway. The party plans to unite with all leftist and nationalist forces in the long run,” said CPN-Maoist spokesperson Pampha Bhusal. The CPN-Maoist has formed a committee of office bearers to hold talks with other parties. The committee constitutes of Chairman Mohan Baidya, Vice-chairman CP Gajurel, General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa and Secretary Dev Gurung. The party has set Marxism, Leninism, Maoism, new democracy, people’s revolt, people’s centralism and a working policy as the guiding principles for unification with other parties.
Unification talks with UCPN (Maoist), however, have made little progress though both the parties had formally announced to hold talks. Leaders said there are slim chances of merger between the two group before the promulgation of the new constitution. Six parties coming from the people’s war background—UCPN (Maoist), CPN-Maoist , Chand-led CPN Maoist, Matrika Yadav led CPN (Maoist), CPN (Unified) and CPN-Revolutionary—have nonetheless made a working alliance to protest against “majority politics” and the differences on the provision of the transitional justice.