The schism within the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) seems to grow by the day: while President Pushpa Kamal Dahan 'Prachandra' and his Prime Minister, Baburam Bhattarai, are negotiating a surrender of the People's Army and a an accommodation to bourgeois institutions and economy that is an even a greater degree of surrender, much of the movement on which their power lays on demands their immediate resignation and accuses them of treason.
On May 1st the Vice-Chairman of the UCPN(M), Mohan Baidya 'Kiran', a historical Maoist leader, declared his former brother of arms a deceiver and a puppet of foreign powers:
“Our leader Prachanda has deceived us who has waged and lead the People’s war, turned into puppet of foreign powers (...) We have to united for the people’s rights and if only people’s power has been ensured we’ll be united.”
Meanwhile another high profile figure, General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa ‘Badal’ has denounced PM Bhattarai for sending security personnel to beat him at a rally against the current power clique.
Bhattarai has rejected the calls for his resignation, pretends that the attack was done by criminal elements and is using it as pretext to increase the power of armed bodies under his control.