KATHMANDU, July 10: UCPN (Maoist) has suspended Prakash Dahal, son of the party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, amidst controversy surrounding his alleged illicit relationship with a student leader of the party.
A decision to this effect, taken by the party´s office bearers´ meeting on disciplinary ground, was announced during a politburo meeting of the party held on Monday. "The party suspended Prakash to investigate the allegations from various quarters of breach of discipline," said Shakti Basnet, politburo member and secretary of party headquarters.
"It is still not clear what actually transpired. But he has been out of contact for the past three-four days," said Basnet. Prakash has also deactivated all of his three different facebook accounts.
The sources claimed that Prakash is in an illicit relationship with Bina Magar, who is Free Student Union (FSU) president at Saraswoti Campus and a central committee member of All Nepal National Independent Students Union (Revolutionary). As Bina has also gone out of contact for the past few days, it has been rumored that they are together.
Prakash and Bina were part of the Maoist Everest Expedition team that made it to the top of the Mt Everest some two months ago.
Prakash, who is a party state committee member, is married to Srijana Tripathi and has a son from her. Likewise, Bina is married with Shankar Adhikari, a Maoist youth leader from Bhaktapur.
While Bina is a supporter of the Maoist party led by Dahal, her husband Adhikari supports CPN (Maoist) led by Baidya. After the split of UCPN (Maoist), Adhikari is in the newly formed party CPN-Maoist.