Kathmandu: The CPN-Revolutionary Maoist on Saturday formally split and elected Ram Bahadur Thapa as its chairman after removing Mohan Baidya from the position, advocating for unity with the UCPN-Maoist.
 
Party spokesperson Pampha Bhusal said that majority members of the party’s Central Committee, who were present at the meeting, decided to elect Thapa its Chairman, reports a leading daily.
 
While Baidya postponed the meeting called for today, the Thapa-led faction organised a separate meeting to take a concrete decision on its unity with its mother party UCPN-Maoist led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal.
 
Bhusal also hinted that the Thapa-led CPN-Revolutionary Maoist would not attend any meeting called by Baidya now.
 
He added that the meeting endorsed thirteen bases for the unification and formed a panel to finalise the unification process.
 
Around 115 members of the 199-strong central committee of the Baidya-led party reportedly were present at the meeting.
 
Dahal also held a Central Committee meeting today and endorsed the 13 bases for the unification.
 
Both Dahal and Thapa-led party along with two other fringe parties led by Matrika Yadav and Mani Thapa will hold meeting on May 18 to conclude the unity process.
 
Spokesperson of the Netra Bikram Chand-led CPN Maoist, Khadga Bahadur Bishwokarma, however, clarified that it was not involved in the unity process.