KATHMANDU, September 3: On the basis of the reports of party Central Committee members who were deployed in the 240 constituencies, the UCPN (Maoist) has concluded that it will win a comfortable majority in the upcoming CA elections.
After assessing the reports from all the constituencies, the leaders have concluded that the party would win 90 seats in the election if it takes place under the present situation, and 90 seats more if intra-party disputes are settled.
A meeting of the party CC held on Monday at party head office, Parisdanda, concluded that the party would need the help of forces that are like-minded on the issue of federalism in order to draft a constitution.
"We can win 180 seats if we keep the internal party unity intact," CC member Prakash Pokharel quoted party Chairman Puspa Kamal Dahal as saying.
"We can secure a comfortable majority with our direct and propositional seats but we should take help from forces that are close to our agenda to draft the constitution."
Dahal said at the meeting that there was no possibility to winning the remaining 60 seats out of the total of 240.
The Maoist CC members were deployed in the 240 election constituencies under a month-long campaign. The CC members presented their reports at the CC meeting.
Concluding that the party organization is a mess, the party also decided to hold one more campaign to go to people´s homes. The party has scheduled the second campaign in each of the 240 election constituencies for September 3 to 26.
Amid strong criticism from the CC members, Chairman Dahal has appointed state committee in-charges and coordinators. The UCPN (Maoist) also formed a four-member party headquarters under the leadership Dahal. Baburam Bhattarai, Narayan Kaji Shrestha and Post Bahadur Bogati are members of the headquarters.
"The CC members in their criticism argued that the party should follow consistent criteria for making appointments. They said posts were created in violation of the party statute. Dahal requested that his proposal be accepted and the CC members finally did so and fell silent," Pokharel told Republica.
Earlier, Dahal´s proposal was rejected by the CC members and the party had to hold an extended meeting in the end. The meeting dissolved the body of office-bearers.
At the meeting, Bhattarai and Shrestha also argued that they had an election to win. CC members who expressed their objections were from all three factions --Dahal, Bhattarai and Shrestha.
Ganga Narayan Shrestha from the Bhattarai faction, Maheshwar Gahataraj and Jaga Prasad Sharma of the Dahal faction and DR Paudel from Shrestha´s faction as well as other CC members objected to Dahal´s proposal. They objected that appointments were made without taking into consideration the issue of senior and junior status of those appointed.
"Some leaders who are alternative CC members were nominated as state committee coordinators while others who were more senior are also in the same posts," Krishna Bhujel told Republica, explaining why the CC members objected to Dahal´s proposal.
Hemraj Bhandari, Balkrishna Dhungel and Kshetra Bahadur Shrestha, who are alternative CC members, have been nominated as coordinators of the Limbuwan, Khambuwan and Bhojpura state committees respectively. They are from the Bhattarai faction. But the rest of the leaders who are more senior have also been given the same-level posts.
Similarly, Kali Bahadur Malla, Suresh Rai, Tanka Angbuhang and Prabhu Sah, who are CC members, were nominated in-charges of Bheri-Karnali, Khambuwan, Limbuwan and Bhojpura state committees respectively. But the other in-charges are former politburo members. Malla, Rai and Angbuhang are from the Dahal faction and Sah is from the Bhattarai faction.
Similarly, Lekhraj Bhatta, who is from the Dahal faction, was transferred as Seti-Mahakali in-charge from Bheri-Karnali.
Interestingly, the party has nominated Dinanath Sharma as chief of the international department, replacing Ram Karki, who is now on a China visit.
Similarly, Dahal has appointed Haribol Gajurel, who is a close aide of his, as in-charge of the production bureau. Sonam Sathi was appointed as party schooling department in-charge and Hemant Prakash Oli as secretary.
Barshaman Pun, Ram Chandra Jha and Top Bahadur Rayamajhi have been appointed as in-charges of the Eastern, Madhes and Western Bureaus. Krishna Bahadur Mahara, Shakti Bahadur Basnet, Janardan Sharma and Nanda Kishor Pun have been retained intact at the Central Region, Far Western Region, Special Bureau and Youth Mobilization Bureau respectively. The party promoted all state committee in-charges from the level of coordinators.