Prachanda, Baidya men clash in Kavre. Is the Maoist party on the verge of split? If yes, when?
The intra-party rift in the UCPN (M) has widened further with the faction led by Senior Vice Chairman Mohan Baidya on Friday (today) announcing a nationwide campaign against the party decision to hand over the keys of arms containers to the Special Committee. Defying calls by the party leadership, the Baidya faction decided to launch a “national awareness campaign” starting Saturday (tomorrow). Leaders from the faction told Republica newspaper that they would paint walls and hold corner meetings to protest the party establishment´s decision to hand over the keys of the arms containers to the Special Committee. Baidya and General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa on Friday (today) evening issued a statement demanding that the party chairman and the government scrap the decision.
In what will go on the pages of the history books as one of the most important days of Nepal, Maoist revolutionary (and leader of an outfit that was branded terrorist until two years ago) Pushpa Kamal Dahal (aka Prachanda) has been elected the Prime Minister of Nepal by a majority of votes in the Constituent Assembly this evening. Nepali Congress, second largest party in the assembly, was the opponent that filed separate candidacy. Sher Bahadur Dueba, senior Congress leader and three time prime minister, was defeated (he got 113 votes vs 464 of Dahal). Many other fringe parties supported the Maoist led alliance that included third largest CPN UML. Chairman of the CA in his capacity as the Speaker of the House of Representative announced the results a few seconds ago. Continue reading Maoist 'Revolutionary' is the Prime Minister of Nepal→
The following is the press release issued by the American embassy in Kathmandu today:
U.S. Ambassador Powell Meets with CPN-M Chairman Pushpa Dahal
U.S. Ambassador Nancy Powell met yesterday with CPN-M Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal to discuss the outcome of the April 10 elections, CPN-M plans for the Constituent Assembly, and the future of U.S.-Nepal relations. This was their first meeting. The meeting occurred in advance of Powell’s return to the United States for consultations on U.S.-Nepal relations.
Powell provided an overview of current U.S. government assistance to Nepal designed to help create a more prosperous, democratic, and stable Nepal. She sought assurances that the new government would respect current donor agreements and ensure the safety of those implementing them.
She encouraged Dahal to ensure that all Maoist organizations illustrate their commitment to the political process through their words and actions.
A photo blog: First public meeting of Nepal Communist Party (Maoist) that was addressed by their Chairman Prachanda.By Dinesh Wagle
Maoist affiliated girls on the back stage put on make up and do their hairs before going on the state to perform dance. The show clearly belonged to Prachanda because it was organized specially for him. Maoists wanted to make it high sounding and portray the event as a really big thing. They also wanted to portray their leader Prachanda as the Next Big Thing in Nepali politics. Krishna Bahadur Mahara’s introductory note, two minutes before he invited Prachanda on the mike, were full of adjectives and praises for Prachanda. I mean even Prachanda must have felt uncomfortable with such words. All central members of the party seated on the dais were presented with a garland of marigold except Dr. Baburam Bhattarai and Prachanda. Dr. Bhattarai had two garlands where as Prachanda had three. Prachanda removed the garlands a few minutes before taking on to the mike.