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RK Mainali rejoins UML

Sunday, March 1st, 2015
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Radha Krishna Mainali, who rose as a radical communist leader after Jhapa rebellion of 197o but lost communist credentials by supporting then king Gyanendra Shah’s coup in 2005, has returned to the UML.

On Sunday, the UML appointed Mainali, better known by his initials RK, as a Central Committee member alongside Bijaya Subba.

Mainali and Subba both had defected from the UML. While Mainali left the UML to join then king Gyanendra Shah’s government, Subba quit the party to form Federal Socialist Party Nepal (FSPN), which secured five seats in the last Constituent Assembly (CA) elections.

Jhapa rebellion, spearheaded by RK Mainali along with his brother CP Mainali, was inspired by India’s Naxalite movement, and is now considered by many as genesis of the Maoist war. He was arrested in 1973 and was imprisoned for 14 years on the charge of killing people whom he described as ‘class enemies’.

Mainali rose as a prominent leader after the CPN (Marxist) unified with the CPN (ML) to form the UML. He was one of the four leaders to negotiate with then king Birendra Shah at the height of first people’s movement that restored multi-party democracy in 1900.

In 1998, Mainali formed the CPN (ML) after splitting from the UML) alongside Bam Dev Gautam and CP Mainali. While his brother CP Mainali remained with the CPN (ML), he and Gautam returned to their old party. But, he again quit the UML and supported king Gyanendra Shah’s political move. After the April Uprising-2006, he was close to the UCPN (Maoist).

The UML is yet to delegate responsibility to Mainali and Subba. The UML secretary Pradip Gyawali told Nepali Times that the next meeting will decide on it.

 

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