No possibility of unification with Maoist Center: Bhattarai

Published On: July 29, 2017 06:26 AM NPT

KATHMANDU, July 29: Former Prime Minister and Coordinator of the Naya Shakti Nepal party, Baburam Bhattarai has said that he don't see any chance of unification between his party and the ruling CPN (Maoist Center). 

Speaking at a press conference of the party to inform about the decisions of the federal assembly meeting of his party, Bhattarai said that Maoist Center Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal “may be dreaming about unification, but it will never materialize.” 

“I don't know what Prachanda (Dahal) said but I don't see any chance of unification with his party for now. He could be in a dream,” said Bhattarai responding to a question. Bhattarai had formed Naya Shakti Nepal two years ago severing two-decade-long ties with the Maoist party. 

Asked about the unification talks with the Upendra Yadav-led Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN), Bhattarai said differences on various issues including understanding on federalism, political ideology and name of the unified party were the major reasons behind the failure to make any headway in the party unification talks. 

Bhattarai, however, didn't rule out the chance of unification with the party in the future. He further claimed that his party is still positive about an electoral alliance with the FSFN for the upcoming polls. 

Bhattarai hailed the unification between Bibeksheel Nepali and Sajha Party as A positive development in Nepali politics. He also said that his party will welcome if the government decided to hold the remaining two tires of elections in one go. 

The federal council meeting of the party has endorsed a 13-point proposal on the current political issues. The party has urged both India and China to settle the Doklam standoff through peaceful means, urging the government to be cautious about the possible effects of Nepal. 

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