PALUNGTAR, GORKHA Nov, 25: Commenting on the three separate political documents presented in the ongoing party plenum, Maoist cadres close to each of three factions headed by party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, senior Vice Chairman Mohan Vaidya and Vice Chairman Dr Baburam Bhattarai leveled serious allegations against each other on Wednesday.
Questioning the integrity of party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, leaders close to Baidya and Bhattarai demanded clarification from Dahal over the alleged horse-trading during the recent prime ministerial elections and the leaked audio-tape involving party leader Krirshna Bahadur Mahara.
"Today the leadership is buying parliamentarians, tomorrow it will buy the party cadres and the day after tomorrow it will certainly try to buy the people," a cadre quoted Maoist representative from Tamuwan state Devendra Parajuli as saying during the meeting. Parajuli, who is close to Bhattarai, also severely criticized Dahal for conducting the party´s financial transactions in a non-transparent manner and demanded that the chairman stopped misusing his power.
Similarly, Bandhu Chand from Abadha state demanded that Dahal furnish clarification over the audio-tape in which a voice, allegedly of Mahara, asks a man with a Chinese accent Rs 500 million to buy the votes of parliamentarians in favor of Dahal. "The chairman should furnish clarification over the tape scandal," a plenum participant quoted Chand as saying.
While leaders close to Baidya and Bhattarai accused Dahal of financial non-transparency, misuse of power and shaky ideological stand, those close to Dahal and Baidya accused Bhattarai of being a "bourgeoisie leader" who was trying to drag the party toward revisionism.
"The line floated by Bhattarai is revisionism and it will ultimately finish off the revolutionary ideology of the party," a cadre quoted leader Sarad Singh Bhandari from Seti-Mahakali as saying. He warned the leadership not to adopt the line floated by Bhattarai.
"Today the leadership is buying parliamentarians, tomorrow it will buy the party cadres and the day after tomorrow it will certainly try to buy the people," a cadre quoted Maoist representative from Tamuwan state Devendra Parajuli as saying during the meeting. Parajuli, who is close to Bhattarai, also severely criticized Dahal for conducting the party´s financial transaction in a non-transparent manner, and demanded that the chairman stopped misusing his power.
The cadres also accused Bhattarai of being submissive to "foreign imperialism" and "Indian expansionism" and fearing to declare India as the party´s principal enemy.
Similarly, cadres close to Baidya alleged Dahal of not being sincere toward implementing the party official-line, misusing power and money. "We can see the misuse of power and money by the chairman in this plenum to garner support to his document," a cadre close to Baidya said.
Likewise, supporters of Dahal and Bhattarai accused Baidya of overlooking the ground reality and pushing for a radical line. "Radical line alone cannot complete the revolution," a cadre quoted leader Ram Bahadur Bohora as saying. They also criticized Baidya for threatening to revolt against the party if it doesn´t adopt a revolutionary line.
The party cadres also came down heavily on the "bourgeoisie" lifestyles of the top leaders and expressed concern that such a trend will ultimately bring about the downfall of the party. They asked the leaders not to forget the "proletariat character" of the party. They said the leaders are using expensive cars and educating their children in expensive schools while the party whole-timers are struggling to make ends meet.
"Yes, the cadres have criticized the leaders for their lavish lifestyles. But it is positive. They must warn the leaders against deviating from the prescribed proletariat lifestyles," said Maoist spokesperson Dinanath Sharma.
Despite their sharp criticism, the party cadres warned the leaders against any attempt to split the party. "There are contradictions in any live party, if not it is dead. We will go through the process of unity, struggle and transformation. The differences will not split the party," said Sharma.
The Maoist cadres were divided into 30 groups for discussion and three senior cadres from each group, close to Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Senior Vice-chairman Mohan Baidya and Vice-chairman Dr Baburam Bhattarai respectively, presented their opinion in the full meeting.
As of Wednesday, 34 leaders of 10 state committees put forward their views. Some of the cadres had taken neutral positions. According to Sharma, the plenum is likely to extend for two more days as three are many programs yet to be completed.