The Communist Party of Nepal (Marxist-Leninist) recently concluded its national convention in which a clear division of forces was seen between a bigger and powerful group and a smaller and not-very-powerful group. The bigger group prevented voting on many of the papers that were tabled. The party did not even allow CP Mainali to present his paper, and passed Gautam's paper late at night without discussion. Mainali's supporters had opposed this high-handedness when the convention was being held.
Gautam's supporters did not let Mainali's paper be discussed for the sake of party unity and this led to protests from supporters of Mainali. The latter said that Gautam's political programme was being forced on them but besides protesting they could not do anything. Gautam stated that the voices of the minority will be heard and voting on issues will take place at the next convention to be held in two years. Mainali's supporters till the very end were in favor of voting taking place. Earlier, Gautam had asked Mainali to take a positive view of his paper and support him, but Mainali stated that he could not agree with Gautam in principle. RK Mainali had then tried to mediate but was unsuccessful. There was a demand for compromise and a mediator was required to solve the problem in such a way that a win-win situation could be created. Gautam's supporters were not in favour of this and were not prepared to compromise on anything. Gautam got his paper adopted with a lot of arm twisting and this left many delegates disappointed. They were not totally satisfied that all papers not discussed at this convention would be discussed at the earliest. Party members have warned that they might revolt against this type of behaviour.