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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Maoists reach out to Nepal’s other Marxists

Pushpa Kamal Dahal

UML vice-chairman

Bam Dev Gautam

United Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has made overtures to members of the Unified Marxist Leninist (UML) suggesting that Nepal’s Communist groupings unite with them against the rightist parties of that country. The UCPN(M) has been in a crisis with the government for the last year, since they pulled out of the government over the issue of civilian control of the military. Both the military, some of Nepal’s right-wing parties and the Maoist have been gearing up for an all out conflict.
So far the country has been in a stale mate. The UCPN(M) is the largest political party and has begun a campaign to re-establish itself in rural areas. The Maoist have ended the people’s war and are now using a variety of strategies to try and regain the political upper hand they had when the war ended.
According to

Dahal's whisper to Gautam: Revolt from UML and join Maoist party
Unified CPN (Maoist) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has suggested UML vice-chairman Bam Dev Gautam to revolt from his party and join the Unified CPN (Maoist).Inaugurating the first convention of the pro-Maoist National Civil Servants Federation in the capital Friday, in which Gautam was one of the invitees, Dahal said the Maoist party was ready to hail Gautam if he revolts from the UML.The Maoist chairman also revealed that he and vice chairman Mohan Baidya had held several meetings with Gautam to discuss the possibility of unity between the leftist forces. Saying that Unity between communist parties can be reached only on ideological grounds, Dahal mentioned that his party would not go for unity with "defeatists and revisionists".

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