A day after two Maoists leaders in Nepal criticized the Chairman and his deputy, the party expels them branding “”deserters of the revolution and servants of the autocratic monarchy and counter-revolution.”
Yes, it is almost certain that the Comrades are in problem again. And this time it seems pretty serious. After their widely publicized fighting, we recently saw two top rivals- Chairman Prachanda and the second man Dr. Baburam Bhattarai- talking to media from the same room. Now, the new fight has erupted within the party and this time it’s not just the personality clash. Two ‘revolutionaries’ comrades were expelled today from the party barely a day after they made public their differences with the party leadership. Prachanda has expelled two central level leaders Rabindra Shrestha and Mani Thapa (Anukul) branding them “deserters of the revolution and servants of the autocratic monarchy and counter-revolution.”
But the question of the moment is, Does this expulsion convincingly discredits the allegations made by the Shretha and Thapa duo? Apparently not. So what had they said? In a surprising move, Shrestha and Thapa yesterday issued a joint statement to say that Prachanda and Dr. Baburam Bhattarai, second in command, were ideologically deviated, were encouraging nepotisms in the party and showing non-proletarian tendencies.
These issues seem like too much traditional in Nepali communist movement but then these are the kind of issues upon which Nepali communist parties have split many a times in the past. And this rift comes a day ahead of the Party’s widely criticized blockade programs. And the expulsion has been announced on the very day when the program starts.
Here is what journalist Ujir Magar reported in today’s Kantipur. The text via eKantipur:
The two central leaders in a six-point political agenda made public under “new cultural revolution group” have also demanded that Prachand and Bhattrai should go through self-criticism publicly for showing non-proletarian tendencies in their recent interview given to Kantipur daily. The two leaders said that although the intra-party conflict was confined within the party so far, they have appealed to all sister organizations including People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to discuss the issues openly within the party from now onwards.
Prior to this there were reports about schism developing between Dr Baburam Bhattrai and Prachand on ideological basis. However the two top leaders had patched up their political differences after they were hinted by New Delhi to come together. When asked if he was still in the party after making public such sensitive and serious press statement against the party leaders, Shrestha said, “Earlier such disputes were limited within the party, but now we want everyone to discuss it openly.”
Shrestha also had played the role of a Maoist delegation member to negotiate peace with the government when Nepali Congress leader Ram Chandra Poudel was Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister earlier. Shreastha was released during peace talks after being detained for nearly two years. In their appeal Shreastha and Thapa claimed that Prachand’s statement in an interview with Kantipur daily which supported active monarchy was against proletarian political ideology and flexibility.
“It’s Prachand’s rightist tendency and extreme deviation from the proletarian ideology when he says that he believes in active monarch and wants to see a republican set up in the country at the same time,” read the statement, adding, “We ask him to withdraw his words and undergo self-criticism.” The two leaders have also accused both Prachand and Dr Baburam Bhattrai of posing as Dr Keshar Jung Raimajhi sometime or Lhendup Dorjee and sometime surrendering to Nepali Congress by advocating on behalf of multi-party competition. They also alleged that both Prachand and Baburam never ordered their sons, daughters and kin to go to the frontline of the ongoing war against the state while their sons and daughters are being educated abroad in bourgeois traditions.
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