Matrika Yadav’s Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) Splits

In 2009 Matrika Yadav, a firebrand leader of the UCPN(Maoist) (at the time it was simply called the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)), split from the party. He cited the decision of the Maoist-led government at the time to return lands captured to their original owners as his reason. Yadav made it clear at the time that he felt that the decision to end the people’s war had been a wrong one and that the party had effectively ceased to be a revolutionary party, although the majority of its rank-and-file continued to be honest revolutionaries who had been misled by a revisionist leadership. Many comrades inside the UCPN(Maoist) were sympathetic to Yadav’s concerns, but felt that the timing was inappropriate as a number of other key leaders in the party’s Left faction had not opted to split as well and there was still a fair amount of confusion regarding the direction that the party was headed in.

In the past I have suggested that one possibility in the future could be that the revolutionary left of the UCPN(Maoist) could split from that party and merge with some of the other dissident factions that have left the party in the last few years, including Matrika Yadav’s Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) and Mani Thapa’s Revolutionary Communist Party (Nepal). Yadav, Thapa and several other factions have been coordinating political actions for the last few years against the government and the UCPN(Maoist), however, due to Yadav’s sectarianism had been unable to merge to form a single party of any meaningful capacity (Yadav argued that he did not trust many in the Thapa-led party because he felt that they were dishonest elements who had split from the UCPN(Maoist) on questionable grounds). Unfortunately, in the last few days there has been a sudden split within Matrika Yadav’s Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) with two factions effectively expelling the other faction. This split renders the possibility of any merger between the Left faction of the UCPN(Maoist) and these Yadav’s forces inconsequential to say the least. Indeed, both factions have accused one another of ideological deviations, a boilerplate denunciation in such situations, and of financial and moral misconduct. It is unclear how large any of the factions are, and which has subsequently become the larger faction of the two, however, it is clear that Yadav’s marginal party has simply become even more marginal.

These developments are unfortunate as it seems that building a consolidated Left-Maoist revolutionary pole, capable of completing the ideological, organisation and political tasks, is becoming increasingly difficult and that the pole is in fact fracturing into a series of minor sects, much like the Maoist movement in Nepal did in the 80’s and 90’s. Furthermore, all of these splits do not seem to be grounded in any kind of ideological developments or differences, but rather around the personalities of some key leaders and their incapacity to work together in some form of coordinated manner. Indeed, I do not think that it would be premature to say that with this split Yadav and his Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) have similarly been consigned to the same dustbin of history as others like Mohan Bikram Singh have. This does not mean to suggest that Yadav has no future in the revolutionary movement, but it means to suggest that he has become an increasingly minor and impotent leader whose reputation has been thoroughly dragged through the mud, and has not demonstrated the kind of political maturity that is needed to lead the revolutionary movement in Nepal at this critical crossroads.

Matrika-led Maoist party splits

KATHMANDU, Sept 22: The CPN (Maoist) led by Matrika Yadav formally split on Thursday, with party Spokesperson Bharat Dahal, accompanied by a few central committee members, declaring eviction of Yadav from the party.

At a press meet held in Kathmandu, Dahal accused Matrika of being “anarchic and opportunist” and launching an “extortion drive” across the country, and declared that he and Dilip Yadav, another faction in the party, joined hands to evict Matrika from the party.

“The two factions reached an agreement to evict Matrika and his aides from the party,” said Dahal.

According to Dahal, Dilip Yadav is making preparations to join the UCPN (Maoist).

Earlier, Matrika had suspended Dahal for six months, accusing the latter of being involved in “factionalism” and “raising donation for personal purposes”.

The United People´s Front led by Dahal had merged with Matrika´s party last December.

While Matrika claimed that Dahal did not attend the CC meeting held in Saptari last Sunday and Monday, the later countered that he was not invited there, and the decision to sack him was taken by a minority vote.

Both Dahal and Yadav are former Maoist leaders who quit the party accusing Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal of “ideological deviation” and moral impropriety.

Matrika’s party on verge of split

KATHMANDU, Sept 20: The CPN (Maoist) led by Matrika Yadav is on the verge of split after Yadav suspended party spokesperson Bharat Dahal on Tuesday.

Issuing a press statement, Yadav said the party has suspended Dahal for six months, accusing the latter of being involved in factionalism and raising “donation for personal purposes”.

United People´s Front led by Dahal had merged with that of Matrika´s last December.

Both Dahal and Yadav are former Maoist leaders who quit the party accusing Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal of ideological deviation and moral impropriety.

Talking to Republica, Dahal, however, claimed that the decision was taken by a minority vote of the party´s ad hoc central committee (CC) and termed it null and void.

“He himself is involved in financial irregularities and anarchism,” Dahal said.

While Matrika claimed that Dahal did not attend the CC meeting held in Saptari last Sunday and Monday, the later countered that he was not invited there.

Dahal said he would hold a press meet in a day or two to make public his stance.

According to Dahal, his faction and another faction led by Dilip Sah had demanded the party´s national gathering to deliberate Yadav´s “anarchism” but Yadav instead chose to sack him.

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