KATHMANDU, June 20: Two days after the Mohan Baidya faction split from the mother party, UCPN (Maoist) on Wednesday formed a three-member team headed by leader Amik Sherchan to hold talks with the newly-formed CPN–Maoist for party unity. Standing committee members Barshaman Pun and Dinanath Sharma are members of the talks team.
The standing committee meeting of UCPN (Maoist) also postponed its plenum for July 16-20.
Earlier, the party had decided to hold the plenum from June 29 to July 1.
"We will start talks with Kiranji [CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidya] in a day or two," said Sherchan, expressing hopes that the negotiations with the newly-formed party would be fruitful.
Meanwhile, in a statement issued by Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal after the party´s standing committee meeting, Dahal has termed the newly-formed party a group of ´petty bourgeois anarchists´. It is the first official reaction of the UCPN (Maoist) after the split of the party. Dahal also claimed that Baidya´s move would only help a counter revolution.
Refuting allegations leveled by the CPN-Maoist against him, Dahal also said that the formation of the new party by the Baidya faction has negated all the achievements of the people´s war.
"It is ridiculous that the newly-formed party aims to launch people´s war and people´s revolt criticizing the former decisions taken by the party," read Dahal´s statement. The newly-formed party has adopted people´s revolt as its political line.