UCPN (Maoist) split most manifest in Maoist strongholds
KATHMANDU, Oct 4: The chiefs of UCPN (Maoist) state committees have concluded that the Maoist strongholds during the insurgency has been the hardest hit after the party split a few months ago.
Briefing party office bearers on Wednesday at the party headquarters about the situation in all the 13 state committees, the chiefs of state committees also informed that Limbuwan is the hardest hit in eastern part of the country.
They also informed that the lower level committees have also been affected by factional disputes in the mother party. There is an intense dispute between the factions led by Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Vice-chairman Baburam Bhattarai after the split in the party.
"Comparatively the districts in the western parts are the most affected," said Bishwanath Sah, chief of Mithila state committee.
CPN-Maoist has claimed that more than 60 percent of the core Maoist leaders have defected from the mother party. The new party has already strengthened its organizational base in all the 75 districts. Magarat, Tharuwan and Bheri-Karnali states were the Maoist strongholds during the insurgency.
Though the Mohan Baidya faction had been in the minority in the mother party, the new breakaway party boasts of veteran Maoist leaders. This has left the mother party with newcomers who had joined the party from CPN (Ekata Kendra-Masal) and other fringe communist parties.
The chiefs of the state committees also informed that disputes have heightened in between the factions led by Chairman Dahal and Bhattarai in some of the committees. Mainly, Bhojpura state committee led by Prabhu Sah is highly affected by factional dispute.
According to Maoist insiders, Dahal and another party Vice Chairman Narayankaji Shrestha have been trying to sideline the Bhattarai faction.
Meanwhile, the UCPN (Maoist) has extended the deadline for new members to join the party and to renew memberships till mid October. The party´s general convention is scheduled to start from January 27.