February 11, 2009, will be remembered by the United Maoists Party as a “black day”.
It was this day which shook the entire political foundation of the Maoists-the party of the ex-rebels and now the governing body in government.
Apart from this black day, analysts claim that a sort of political land-slide is awaiting the Maoists camp in the immediate days ahead.
Matrika Yadav-a prominent and influential Maoists leader who have had the distinction of having close proximity with the Supreme Commander of the Maoist Party-Prachanda alias Pushpa Kamal Dahal, abandoned the party (he served for decades and a half) on that very black day for good.
Matrika’s quitting the party may be a trifling matter for some but his abandoning the mother party bodes ill for the entire Maoist paraphernalia in that he may “seduce” some other Polit-Bureau members from the United Maoists to his new camp.
“He can steal some good numbers of the PB members from Prachanda’s Party”, says an informed intellectual who has some linkages with the Maoist party.
Unsubstantiated reports have it that Matrika has been assured and reassured by some three functioning Polit-Bureau members currently serving the Prachanda’s party that they will “soon” join his “restructured Maoist party”.
It is not that the Maoists stalwarts do not know that some sort of havoc is to grip their party soon if the process of desertion is not checked, however, the party as such has not been able to provide logical and plausible assurances to the remaining Polit Bureau members that the party will move ahead by correcting the some what near-to-correct allegations made by Matrika Yadav while quitting the mother party once and for all.
Matrika basically told the press on February 11, 2009, that his continuing in the party as a central committee member had no meaning because the party had already deviated from its chartered path and revolutionary objectives.
Matrika’s allegation has been that the party now was engaged in extreme nepotism and favoritism thus his decision to quit.
Matrika claims that one fine morning Prachanda will himself join his “restructured Maoist party”.
However, when that fateful day will come remains beyond one’s imagination.
In the mean time, Matrika is in a whirl wind trip to the length and breadth of the country and meeting several key Maoists party members who have apparently indicated him that sooner than later they will join Matrika.
The Matrika terror has already taken its toll. Reports say that the last CC meet of the Maoists party concentrated its entire debate on how to avert the threat that the Matrika factor has posed to the party. The discussion also was centered on how to check further desertion of the key political persona of the party.
By this time, Matrika is learnt to have already brought into his fold a sizeable chunk of the Maoists cadres/workers/and central committee members. The process is moving ahead and chances are that Matrika’s party will swell soon much to the chagrin of the Prachanda and his remaining supporters’ inn the original Maoist party.
How Prachanda handles the terror unleashed by Matrika Yadav in his camp will have to be watched.
(Read also Gloomy politics in the regular issue of the Telegraph Weekly dated February 18, 2009).