The onus for Nepal's peace process undisputedly rests on the Maoists. But the irresponsible activities of a faction within the party, led by vice-chairman Mohan Baidya has led to a public speculation that the party does not fully appreciate this fact. At the last factional gathering in New Baneswor, Baidya not only declared the formation of a parallel party structure but also rejected the Madhesi-Maoist alliance in the government as 'anti-national'. The meeting is said to have chosen Mohan Baidya as the party's 'trustee' while nominating Ram Bahadur Thapa as the chairman.
After the news of the gathering reached the party establishment, party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal asked Baidya for a clarification. He maintained that the gathering was for 'political training' of the cadres. The faction tried to win over the support of the combatants, inciting fear over the uncertainty, as well as called on the families of the injured and the martyrs of the conflict to protest. While the commanders cleared their stance by expressing their solidarity with the party decision, even the others are distancing themselves from the faction. A member of the association of injured combatants from the third division in Jutpani said: "Earlier I got carried away by their rhetoric. But now I realise, they have no vision. Their entire philosophy is rejectionist."
The failure of the Baidya faction to logically back its criticism against the party's decisions and its alliance with the Madhesi front not only proves that it is ideologically bankrupt but also exposes its anarchist tendencies. More importantly, the rhetorical similarity between the Baidya faction and the NC-UML opposition indicates growing convergence between two extreme points in Nepal's political landscape.