Comrade Prachanda and Baburam digressed from the core values and objectives of the Maoist party. We formed a new party to give continuity to our ideals.
When do you think the establishment began drifting away?
We noticed a visible change right after the monarchy was abolished. We raised the issue of the establishment moving away from the party's goals during our meeting in Balaju in 2006. The establishment stopped practicing what they preached. Living like millionaires in mansions while talking about the welfare of proletariats didn't make sense.
The new party doesn't seem to have a clear plan for the future. Is another people's war or revolt on the cards?
A pure parliamentary system is unacceptable to us, because it has clearly failed to guarantee people's rights. The system needs to be rebuilt. However, the form of struggle is not as important as the aim. Our sole objective is to ensure that all Nepalis have equal rights and make sure the PLA is integrated into the Nepal Army in a dignified manner. If these things fall into place, there is no need for a revolt. We are being blamed for all the wrong reasons.
Lust for power is thought to be responsible for the split and there are rumours that you wanted the post of general secretary.
Despite our personal friendships, there were major ideological differences within the party. How can you call that a fight for power? We could have easily enjoyed the perks of our counterparts, but we refrained. I wanted to change the country for the better and I still believe I can. People shouldn't have problems with my aspirations. Without aspirations, one cannot accomplish anything. I feel hurt when people wrongly accuse me of being power hungry.
Is there still a possibility of reuniting with the establishment?
Transformation comes first and then comes unity. We never raised questions over the leadership, but we had hoped chairman Dahal would mend his ways. If he is willing to change, unity is possible.
Are you willing to be part of a national unity government, when it is formed?
We will make a decision depending on the future situation. If an interim government is formed after a successful
round-table meeting then we will join the government. However, we are still undecided on this matter.
Dahal's firm stance on ethnic federalism has been blamed for failure to draft the constitution. Is this true?
No. If that was the case then two thirds of the CA would have easily passed ethnicity-based federalism.