Thursday, January 30, 2014
unification in Nepal...but what is the road?
CPN-M set to bring fringe communist forces under one umbrella
KATHMANDU, JAN 31 – In a move aimed at bolstering the left forces, the CPN-Maoist is likely to announce unification with the CPN (Unified) and CPN-Revolutionary within a month. Both the CPN-R headed by one-time Maoist rebel Mani Thapa, and the CPN (Unified) led by Pari Thapa, a well-known communist face in Nepali politics, have made decision to that respect. Meanwhile, a CPN-Maoist politburo meeting is expected to approve the agenda of party unification this week, leaders said.
“We expect to formally merge within a month or so. Very little remains to be done,” said Mani Thapa. While the Thapa duo are leading the talks team of their respective parties, CPN-M talks team will be headed by Vice-chairman CP Gajurel. Leaders from both sides said talks are heading in positive direction, indicating that the unification would take place soon as they sort out a few things including technical and ideological aspects of the unification. CPN-M efforts for unification follow a recent decision by the party’s Central Committee meeting to bring the scattered fringe communists together under its umbrella. During the meeting, CPN-M Chairman Mohan Baidya had said that his party should be focusing on becoming a pivotal force in communist politics in the country.