Saturday, July 6, 2013
Bhattarai floats proposal for resolving power-sharing dispute
KATHMANDU, July 5: Senior UCPN (Maoist) leader Baburam Bhattarai, who resigned as the party vice chairman recently, has proposed giving full shape to the crucial bodies of the party by electing 50 percent members and nominating the remaining 50 percent.
Speaking to a selected group of media persons at his residence in Sanepa on Friday, he also claimed that such an arrangement would help resolve the dispute over power-sharing in the party.
After failing to elect office bearers and give full shape to central committee, standing committee and politburo, the UCPN (Maoist) had called a party plenum on July 19 in the capital. The names proposed by Dahal for various positions of the party were rejected by the CC members. Bhattarai´s resignation diffused the dispute over power-sharing. The party then called a plenum to seek a solution to the dispute.
“In my view, the party should adopt the system of electing 50 percent members and nominating the remaining 50 percent,” added Bhattarai.
He also said that the party should form a separate body for “retirees” so that they continue to remain active within the party. He also said that Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal would quit as the executive of the party.
“We have reached a theoretical agreement to take a leave from the executive posts of the party. Chairman Dahal will also quit as the top executive anytime soon,” said Bhattarai, adding that the first generation leaders would provide ideological guidance while the young generation would take up the mantle of party leadership.
“We will provide ideological leadership to the party,” added Bhattarai. He said other senior leaders would also quit their positions to make way for the young generation leaders.
“The party should develop a mechanism through which senior leaders, who do not want to hold executive posts, can still play an active role in the party,” said Bhattarai. “I will remain active in the party in a new way.”