HETAUDA, Feb 4: UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Sunday presented his political document during the closed door session of the party´s ongoing seventh general convention.
The closed session, which was scheduled for 11 am on Sunday, began in the evening due to dispute over selection of representatives from the three factions led by Dahal and Vice-chairmen Baburam Bhattarai and Narayankaji Shrestha. The dispute arose as the three leaders pressed for selection of representatives for the general convention from their own factions.
The party had earlier decided to nominate five percent of the total number of representatives for the general convention. Around 3,500 representatives, including volunteers, are participating in the general convention.
“The leaders tried to select own relatives and aides,” said a central committee member.
As the top leaders were involved in the dispute over selecting representatives from their own factions, the cadres spent time criticizing their own leaders for their “double standards”. But party Spokesperson Agni Sapkota claimed that the convention was delayed to the technical problems.
“The closed session was delayed due to technical problems and nothing else,” said Sapkota at the press meet. Sapkota informed that the representatives will be divided into 60 groups, each comprising 50 members, to discuss Dahal´s document. Each day the closed session will be held from 8 am to 12 noon and again from 2 pm to 5 pm.
Likewise, there will be press meet at 1 pm and then 5 pm every day. The five-day convention, taking place for the first time in 21 years will conclude on Wednesday.
The UCPN (Maoist) has formed a 15-member presidium to oversee the closed session of the ongoing seventh general convention.
A meeting of the general convention organizing committee has formed the presidium under the leadership of Krishna Bahadur Mahara.
According to party Spokesperson Agni Sapkota, Dinanath Sharma, Nand Kishor Pun, Hisila Yami, Ninu Chapagain, Bhim Bahadur Kadayat, Dharmashila Chapagain, Padam Bishwakarma, Shashi Shrestha, Ram Charan Chaudhari, Tashi Sherpa, Purna Kumari Subedi, Satya Pahadi, Ram Kumar Sharma and Hakikulla Khan are members of the presidium.