Unity coordination committee meeting today

UML-Maoist Center taskforce

KATHMANDU, April 3: A meeting of the CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) party unification committee is being held Tuesday evening in order to discuss on the report prepared by the concerned task force.

The task force on interim statute and ideological issues constituted by the committee has already prepared its report and the committee is meeting to finalize it, said Maoist Center leader Janardan Sharma.

The task forces headed by UML senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal and Maoist Center leader and Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa will formally hand over the draft during the meeting. They will also brief about the prepared unification draft to the coordination committee.

Despite the announcement of the left merger one and a half months ago, the parties are yet to finalize the unification process due to difference in ideological and organizational issues.

According to Maoist Center leaders, three major issues, division of power in the new party, election symbol and Maoist Center’s demand to formally recognize the 10-year long Maoist War in the party statute are yet to be settled.

Following a decision by the unification committee, preparations will be on to declare the unity by the third week of this month.

The two parties have agreed to name the new party ‘Communist Party of Nepal; the new party will be adapt the philosophy of Marxism-Leninism; and accept the 21st century socialism suitable in the present context of the country.

The new party will have eight executive committees: central committee, politburo and standing committee, provincial committee, district committee, election and local/municipal committee.