September 21, 2019 07:37 AM NPT
KATMANDU, Sept 21: Nepal Workers Peasants Party President Narayanman Bijukchhe on Friday said he is greatly perplexed by former Maoist party chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who is now one of the two chairmen of the ruling Nepal Communist Party.
“Is he an agent of Delhi or is he a Nepali leader?” wondered Bijukchhe while addressing the seventh general convention of his party at Sallaghari, Bhaktapur. “It seems he is an Indian Trojan horse,” he added.
Bijukchhe said the former rebel Maoists and the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) merged to form the NCP just for the sake of power and pelf. “Both those entities are parties of opportunists. They merged despite their sharp ideological differences because all they really wanted was power and money,” he further said.
Bijukchhe, whose party has not had any decisive influence in recent years except in Bhaktapur, voiced serious concern over the deepening economic crisis and the soaring imports from neighboring countries. Bijukchhe has been the party’s chief since 1969.
During the general convention, party representatives gathered from various parts of the country are expected to elect a new leadership. It is not clear whether or not Bijukchhe will hand over the helm to someone younger.
Ahead of the 2017 elections Bijukchhe had announced that he would not contest from Bhaktapur-1, where he had been winning since long back. Prem Suwal, another leader of the party, had contested and emerged victorious from that constituency.