Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” and Mohan Baidya at loggerheads
By Renu Kshetry
The central committee (CC) meeting of CPN (Maoist) held on Monday (yesterday) saw party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and leader of the hard-line faction Mohan Baidya present separate political documents. Prime Minister Dahal presented three options on republicanism – the federal democratic republic, people’s republic and transitional republic. It is the first time the party chairman has presented the idea of “transitional republic,” which, some analysts said, could be a middle-of-the road approach. Dahal has now offered to bring together the two factions – proponents of People’s Republic and Democratic Republic.
“The paper has offered options on what model of republicanism the party should adopt,” he told reporters after the CC meet on Monday. “The current debate is between People’s Republic and Transitional Republic.” He didn’t explain what transitional republic meant.
Supporters of Baidya, who leads the People’s Republic faction, said the chairman’s paper lacked clarity according to a source. Baidya’s paper asserts there is no alternative to “immediate adoption of People’s Republic”. The CC will resume deliberations on the reports only on Nov. 18, a day before the party’s national cadres’ meeting, which is expected to decide what form of republic the party will ultimately adopt.
There was a rift within the party leadership over which agenda to adopt – People’s Republic or Democratic Republic’. Maoist Chairman Dahal’s document presented three models to choose from as the party’s future strategy. Krishna Bahadur Mahara, the party’s Central Committee leader, told the Kathmandu Post that Dahal and Baidya presented two political documents with minor changes to the previous document presented to the CC a month ago. “Discussions will be held tomorrow (Nov. 18).”
Dahal’s document presented on Monday was a written version of his declaration made a month ago at the last CC meeting held in Balaju, Kathmandu. The report had come under heavy criticism from Baidya’s faction for failing to voice unambiguous support for People’s Republic.