Proposal turned down outright
KATHMANDU, Aug 2: UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal´s
plan to give full shape to the party´s general convention organizing
committee (GCOC) with a membership of 175 was foiled as his proposal
naming 68 new members was fiercely criticized by party leaders at a
meeting of the existing organizing committee on Wednesday.
Dahal floated his proposal on Wednesday as a meeting called last week
had broken up following objections by the other leaders.
The party´s plenum last month had converted the
104-member central committee into the GCOC and entrusted the same
committee with the responsibility of giving it full shape.
No sooner had Dahal floated the 68 new names at the meeting Wednesday
than the leaders airing their views not only fiercely criticized him for
proposing names in violation of the criteria set out by the plenum but
also turned down his proposal outright.
Dahal found himself in trouble as even members such as Top Bahadur
Rayamajhi from the taskforce formed to select the names stood against
Dahal was suggested to propose the names after a meeting of office
bearers held earlier in the morning failed to come up with a consensus
UCPN (Maoist) leaders including Dahal conceded that giving full shape to
the committee has proved to be a hard nut to crack. "It has really
turned out to be a tough task preparing a list of 68 new members through
consensus. It was tough selecting the members when our party was united
and it remains tough at present as well," GCOC member Prakash Pokharel
quoted Dahal as saying at the meeting in a bid to pursuade others to
understand his compulsions.
Rayamajhi, a trusted lieutenant of Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai who
is also minister for peace and reconstruction, said the chairman´s
proposal was unacceptable to them. "We are totally in the dark about who
discussed the matter and where. I also have my own proposal in this
regard," GCOC member Krishna Bhujel quoted Rayamajhi, a member of the
taskforce, as saying at the meeting. "Therefore, it is unacceptable for
The UCPN (Maoist) had formed the taskforce under the leadership of Post
Bahadur Bogati with Barshaman Pun, Girirajmani Pokharel, Rayamajhi,
Bishwabhakta Dulal, Janardan Sharma and Debendra Paudel as members.
Bogati, Pun, Rayamajhi and Sharma are from the Dahal faction, Rayamajhi
and Paudel are from the Bhattarai faction and Pokharel and Dulal from
Vice-chairman Narayankaji Shrestha´s faction.
The proposal was not only criticized by Dahal´s rival factions but also
turned down by his own close confidantes such as Agni Sapkota, Haribol
Gajurel and Hita Raj Pandey. "Earlier, the taskforce couldn´t funtion
properly and now the chairman floated the same faulty list at this
meeting; so it is not acceptable," GCOC member Dharma Chandra Lawoti
quoted Sapkota as saying.
Leaders close to Shrestha, and Amik Sherchan and Swonam Saathi who run a
parallel sub-faction within the party, also came down heavily on
Chairman Dahal, allegedly for not accommodating members from their
Those familiar with the new turn of events informed that the Bhattarai
faction expressed serious reservations on learning that the chairman
allocated only 20 percent of the 68 new members to them through they had
demand a 40 percent share. Similarly, Dahal allocated around 10 percent
to Shrestha´s group while the names recommended by Sherchan and Swonam
Saathi were not included at all.
"In fact the list submitted to the chairman was prepared in a tacit
understanding among leaders from all three factions but it was not
accepted as some leaders of the smaller groups within the factions were
not satisfied," GCOC member Ishwari Bhattarai, who is close to Swonam
Saathi, told Republica.
Former deputy speaker Purna Kumari Subedi, trade union chief Salikram Jamma Kattel, former PLA commander Suk Bahadur Roka Magar, former CA member Bishnu Chaudhari, former state minister Surya
Man Dong and former state minister Sushma Sharma Ghimire from the Dahal faction, Kalpana
Dhamala and Devi Khadka from the Bhattarai faction and Sita Pokharel
from the Shrestha group are among the proposed 68 new members.