Kathmandu, June 13
A day after he held discussions with his party’s vice-chairman Mohan Baidhya ‘Kiran’ who has been leading the dissenting faction of the party, UCPN-Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ Wednesday handed over a 7-point basis paper to Kiran for maintaining party unity.
The dissenting faction, however, concluded that the paper was insufficient to consolidate party unity and decided to continue with its program of holding national conference on June 15 despite Prachanda’s proposal to cancel it.
Holding a meeting over the party chief’s proposal, the dissenting faction decided to submit its own proposal for party unity on Thursday to the party chairman. "We have decided to continue dialogue for party unity," Kiran said after the meeting.
Prachanda has proposed to withdraw both the programmes of extended meeting and national conference to be held by the establishment and the dissenting factions respectively on June 29 and June 15 respectively.
In his proposal for party unity, Prachanda stated that the party leadership was ready to review all the decisions and agreements made with regard to peace and constitution writing process, national consensus government and BIPPA with India ever since the Palungtar Extended Meeting held in November, 2010.
Saying that basis for campaign to build people’s federal republic constitution has been emerged due to collapse of the Constituent Assembly, Prachanda said that he was ready for self-criticism after reviewing all the past decisions.
"It is made clear here that the party leadership, keeping in mind party unity and overall interest of revolution, is ready to discuss on issues of leadership change and ready to make sacrifice through a full meeting of the party central committee on these agendas," read the third point of the proposal.
Prachanda has stressed that party’s policy of building pro-people constitution through the CA should be maintained and clarified that this policy’s significance will remain.
The Maoist chief has clarified that his party is ready for change of the government leadership in the spirit of past agreements and after concluding political consensus on a new constitution with identity based federalism.
"We should express commitment to conduct forum in the party on debate over issues related to ideology and politics and conclude them by organizing general convention by February, 2013," sixth point of the proposal read.
In the seventh point, Prachanda has proposed for withdrawing both national conference of the dissenting faction slated for June 15 and extended meeting called by the establishment for June 29. "Instead of these, we should strive to draw common conclusions by holding a complete meeting of party central committee and make an overall review and draw conclusions."
Saying that regressive and opportunist elements were making plots to divide the Maoists, Prachanda urged the dissenting faction to adopt his proposal for maintaining party unity.