Joint meeting of Dahal, Dr Bhattarai with Vice Prez sparks speculations in political circle

Published On: January 23, 2021 10:33 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Jan 23: Rival faction of Chairman of Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Pushpa Kamal Dahal and the top leader of Janata Samajbadi Party Dr Baburam Bhattarai have held a joint meeting with Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun at the latter's office in Lainchaur, sparking fresh speculation in the political circle.

Chairman Dahal had reached Lainchaur shortly after concluding his faction's show of strength held in Bhrikuti Mandap on Friday afternoon. Dahal was joined by Dr Bhattarai at the Vice President's Office in Lainchaur.

What transpired during the meeting between the former Maoist leaders is not known. But the meeting that came in the wake of parliament dissolution and speculations that the entire peace process that brought the then underground Maoists into mainstream politics could be derailed has been seen with keen interests in the political circle.

While Dahal used to the top leader of the rebel party, Bhattarai served as his second-in-command. Vice President Pun was the chief of the Maoist's People's Liberation Army when the party joined the peace process after reaching a Comprehensive Peace Accord with the government in November 2006. How the ongoing transitional justice process will conclude following the dissolution of the parliament has been seen with much interest both within Nepal and beyond.

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