Hardliners unveil plan to topple Bhattarai govt, May go for no-confidence motion

KATHMANDU: The disgruntled hardline faction of Unified CPN-Maoist today unveiled its five-point struggle plan to topple Baburam Bhattarai’s government and threatened to go for no-confidence motion seeking support from other parties.
Organising a press conference at Radisson Hotel here today convener of the Revolutionary People’s Council and party secretary C P Gajurel said they have been discussing no-confidence motion with other parties.
Hardliners led by senior Vice-chairman Mohan Baidhya and general secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa have been opposing the government since it was formed with support from United Democratic Madhesi Front. They allege the government is anti-national.

The Prime Minister’s political adviser Devendra Poudel said street protests would not fetch PM’s resignation. He said Bhattarai would step down only after grounds for national consensus government was ready or the majority of parliamentarians supported a no- confidence motion.

Addressing the press conference, Gajurel said Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal had flouted the agreement with them. He said Dahal had said he would convince Bhattarai to step down within a week, but he did not keep his word even after a month. He said they were forced to come up with this plan because the government had proved itself anti-national and anti-people.

Gajurel said they were implementing the party’s official decision to go for street protests for a pro-people constitution. He also said they would go for people’s revolt if the government failed to draft a pro-people constitution.

Their protest plan includes fighting for issues of national interest, collecting signatures for pro-people constitution from all 240 election constituencies and handing them over to the CA Chairman by May 24.

‘A pretext to announce split’

KATHMANDU: Commenting on Saturday’s development, politburo member close to Dahal, Haribol Gajurel said the hardliners are seeking action from the party establishment so as to announce a split formally. He said the announcement that they would join hands with opponents to fight against their party leaders meant denouncing the party’s system. He also said they had already announced the Kupandole-based party office as their contact office. The government and party establishment are expected to react. He also said Dahal had supported Bhattarai’s government because of their recommendation. Gajurel further said the party had called its central committee meeting on Monday, which the hardliners would boycott. “We will discuss the latest developments in the CC meeting and come up with a decision,” he said adding that if they tried to register a no-confidence motion, the party would not keep mum.HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE

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