From The Nepali Press
Expelled Maoist central committee member, Rabindra Shrestha, in Nepal Samacharpatra, 19 March
FROM ISSUE #291 (24 MARCH 2006 - 30 MARCH 2006) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Just when we were engaged in fighting the royal palace, we face yet another autocratic front within our party. Chairman Prachanda began to promote nepotism-his family members were his top priority. Comrade Baburam could not withstand even a single criticism against him. When the parties were agitating in the streets more than a year ago, Prachanda and Baburam suggested we ignore them and hold direct talks with the king. A few days before February First, Prachanda arranged a meeting with the king in Thawang. This was not something the central committee had approved of and a majority of its members were unaware of the plan. They even agreed that if Thawang was inappropriate, talks would be held in the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve. These plans were known to us only after they were leaked at party meetings much later. Should the party's leaders have chosen to hold talks with the representative of the old regime at a time when we should have been engaged in a movement? This is something I believe the people will have to evaluate. But it proves that Prachanda and Baburam had illicit relations with the palace, which inspired the king to stage his coup. We believe that the movement's goal should be a republican setup but Prachanda and Baburam have compromised for lesser goals. They were unwilling to form a republican front. We also said that the 12-point agreement with the parties should carry the word \'republic'. But the two leaders simply abandoned the word when they signed the pact whereas the NC and UML expressed their concerns in the document. Our expulsion from the party is a result of the growing feudalism and capitalism within the leadership. They have also forgotten the need for criticism. We told the people this and they sacked us. We have not left the party, we have established a New Cultural Revolution Group within it and we believe that the majority is with us.