Chitwan: The tenth National Congress of the Communist Party of Nepal – Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) started on Friday amid much fanfare.
The party with more than 700,000 cadre base deployed thousands of vehicles to ferry people to the banks of Narayani River, one of the largest rivers, in Chitwan, a district in southwestern Nepal.
The bank is some 14 kilometers away from Dasdhunga, the site where UML’s firebrand leader Madan Kumar Bhandari was killed in a car accident in 1993. Bhandari had given a new turn to Nepal’s communist movement by introducing ‘People’s Multiparty Democracy’ (Janatako Bahudaliya Janabad), an ideology most UML leaders swear to even today.
But in Chitwan, Bhandari’s ideology, long considered to have transformed Nepal’s communist movement into a pragmatic one, was overshadowed by the overt glorification of UML chair KP Sharma Oli.
It appeared that the inauguration was an opportunity to demonstrate the power and brand of its chai
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