UML’s seniormost Madhesi leader Jha bids farewell to party; joins UCPN (Maoist)

KATHMANDU: Former CPN-UML’s tallest figure from the Madhes region Ram Chandra Jha joined the UCPN (Maoist) on Saturday.
After joining the former rebel party, Jha said he joined the Maoist party due to common understanding in state restructuring and the Maoists’ new political doctrine approved by the recently held 7th national jamboree.

“I am joining the Maoist with full conviction to the party’s new guideline passed by the general convention. I reached a conclusion to join the Maoist instead of enjoying merely as a bystander,” he said while addressing some 200 plus cadres and leaders.
Maoist supremo Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Vice-chairman Dr Baburam Bhattarai welcomed the newest entrant in the UCPN (Maoist) party.

Jha was the UML’s seniormost leader from the Tarai belt. Similarly, Jha is the most influential figure to join the Maoist from the UML.
Also on the occasion, former UML lawmaker Lucky Sherpa and leaders of Youth Association Nepal joined the Maoist alleging the UML of betraying the people.

Also speaking at the same program, YAN’s former leader Harendra Ray Yadav, a permanent resident of Rautahat district, said he wanted to defeat UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal in the upcoming CA polls.

Addressing the program, UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Prachanda hoped to secure more votes and increase party’s clout in Madhes and overall national politics.

He said Jha’s entry in the UCPN (Maoist) would spread a new wave of political polarization in the present time and urged all progressive forces to unite for the cause of the country.