Disgruntled UML leaders 'poised' to form party
The leaders said the party's recent response to their nine-point demand was not satisfactory and that they are now focused on forming a new political force. "We have been discussing the content of the manifesto of the new party , its statute, and political ideology. The party will be announced by the end of this month," said UML Central Committee member Ajambar Rai Kangmang.
He said the disgruntled leaders would quit the UML once the new party is formally announced. Sources close to dissident leaders say the draft of the manifesto, statute and political ideology have been prepared and regularly discussed. "Federal socialism is our guiding principle," said another Janajati leader Rajendra Shrestha. They have proposed Federal Socialist Party as the name of the new party .
The differences among the disgruntled leaders on whether to continue intra-party struggle within the party or form a new political force have delayed announcement of a new party , according to leaders. Despite preparation to form a new party , some leaders including Prithvi Subba Gurung, Bir Bahadur Lama, Dal Bahadur Rana and Kiran Gurung have emphasised continuation of intra-party struggle within the UML instead of forming a new party .
"We are holding talks with all disgruntled leaders for the formation of the new party . They can take their own decision as a forum where we are standing is not formed under any pressure," said Kangmang.
UML Vice-chairman Ashok Rai is supposed to head the new party , while Madhesi leader Ram Chandra Jha will be given major responsibility in the Tarai. They have left for Madhes to attend a programme organized in the name of Agragami Bichar Samuha (progressive idealist group). A separate orientation programme of the party is scheduled in Dhanusha, Sarlahi and Mahotari districts. It is learnt that the disgruntled leaders will take a call on party formation after Rai and Jha return from Madhes.
Posted on: 2012-09-08 01:00