UML, Maoists start work on new party statute, organization

Published On: February 28, 2018 05:30 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, FEB 28: The CPN-UML and the CPN (Maoist Center), the two left parties which have decided to become one, have set up two sub-panels to help them draft the party statute and develop an appropriate model to integrate their sister wings.

The UML and the Maoist Center are working to develop a common framework on ideology, organization and leadership with a target to wrap up the merger process within the second week of April. 

A joint meeting of the two sides held at UML headquarters in the capital on Tuesday, eight days after agreeing to form a Communist Party of Nepal, named two sub-panels to work on the integration of their sister wings and draft statute of the unified party.
A two-member committee comprising Barshman Pun and Beduram Bhusal has been appointed to draft the statute of the new party, while another committee consisting of Gorkarna Bista and Giriraj Mani Pokharel has been asked to develop an appropriate strategy to merge the sister wings. 

The task forces have been asked to submit a draft proposal at the next meeting of the main task force scheduled for to finalize the statute and organizational issues scheduled for March 6, according to Bista. 

The taskforce formed to prepare draft proposal on the statute and organization include Ishwar Pokharel, Bishnu Paudel, Beduram Bhusal, Surendra Pandey and Gorkarna Bista from UML and Ram Bahadur Thapa, Janardan Sharma, Matrika Yadav, Girrajmani Pokhrel and Barshaman Pun from the Maoist Center. 

The drafts would be given a final shape through a joint meeting of the steering committee assigned to prepare the unity document. The task force formed to draft proposal of the unification include Madhav Nepal, Bhim Rawal, Pradeep Gyawali, Raghuji Panta and Subas Nembang from the UML and Narayankaji Shrestha, Dev Gurung, Pampha Bhusal and Devendra Poudel from the Maoist Center. 

The two parties have, in principle, already agreed on the framework of the unity. The Communist Party of Nepal, announced on February 20, would constitute a mammoth organization constituting 60 and 40 percent stake of UML and Maoist Center respectively. The party is to exercise parallel leadership model with "a small and operable team" of office bearers, standing committee and central committee. 

"The merger would get complete shape by the second week of Chaitra (March end). The statute and documents related to organization and ideology would be drafted in line with the understanding reached between the two parties," UML leader Bhim Rawal said Tuesday. 

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