UCPN (M) formally splits; new party named ‘CPN, Maoist’

UCPN (Maoist), the largest party in the dissolved Constituent Assembly, has formally split with the hardliner Mohan Baidya faction announcing the new party, Communist Party of Nepal, Mao
The Baidya faction announced the new party at the end of the three-day national gathering of its cadres at Sherpa Sewa Kendra in Bouddha, Kathmandu Monday evening. Baidya, who was vice chairman in the UCPN (M), leads the new party, but the office-bearers are yet to be named.

The new party has 44-member central committee, comprising those who were in the central committee of the UCPN (M).

During the closed door session, almost all the discussion panels had suggested the leadership to form a new party rather than going for a patch-up with the party establishment.

The national gathering also endorsed Baidya’s political paper which calls for preparations of “people’s revolt on the foundation of people’s war”. His paper described the UCPN (Maoist) establishment as “reformist and right-leaning”, blaming it for the failure to promulgate the new constitution.

Despite floating the new party, Baidya group has said it would still keep open the doors for talks with the UCPN (Maoist) leadership on ideological issues.

Decisions of the gathering of the national gathering would be made public at a press conference on Tuesday, Netra Bikram Chand, a leader of the Baidya faction, informed.

The split in the UCPN (M) came just hours after the party establishment called upon the Baidya faction for unity. nepalnews.com

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