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Thapa faction of CPN-M decides to join UCPN-M

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KATHMANDU —General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa of the CPN-Maoist on Saturday removed Chairman Mohan Baidya to take over  party reins and decided to begin the unification process with the UCPN (Maoist).

Holding a separate central committee meeting, Thapa, who claimed to have the support of more than two thirds of CC members, formed a new party and decided to begin the unification process with like-minded parties including the UCPN-Maoist.

Pampha Bhusal, a party spokesperson and a leader close to Thapa, said that the party decided to designate [Thapa] as the new chairperson after efforts to convince Baidya on plan to merge CPN-Maoist with the mother party failed.

The party has also formally endorsed the new chairman’s 13-point proposal for its unification with the UCPN (Maoist).

Earlier this week, Thapa had reached an understanding with Dahal for unification between the CPN-Maoist and UCPN (Maoist), which had parted ways in June 2012.

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2 injured as bomb goes off at Ward Chair’s house

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DAMAK — An unidentified group detonated a bomb at the house of Bhim Poudel, a Ward Chairperson of the Damak Municipality Ward Number 7, last night, injuring two people including a woman.

The injured were hit by shrapnel due to the explosion. The explosion has also caused minor damages to the house which is located some 500 metres to the east of the Area Police Office, Damak.

It was a powerful explosion and it is not known who carried it out, police said.

Those injured in the incident are Semu Rai and Tilochan Pokhrel who had come to visit their relatives at the house next to Poudel’s house.

Both them who have been wounded in the hands and legs are being treated at the Lifeline Hospital in Damak. Rai is a staff at the same hospital.

Police has started an investigation into the case. Meanwhile, the Nepal Communist Party led by Netra Bikram Chand (Biplav) has today issued a press release saying those playing main role in evicting the landless squatters in the disputed market area in Damak. It had specifically named Wrad Chair Poudel and Mayor Romnath Oli.

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