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'No rift in party over Bo's sacking'

world Updated: Apr 14, 2012 23:16 IST

Reports of a factional feud in China's powerful ruling Communist Party over the purge of charismatic leader Bo Xilai, known for his radical Maoist views, have been discounted by the state-run media which said the "stir" over his ouster will fade soon.

Bo, former head of the Chongqing municipality, The Global Times said, is being probed for indiscipline but

the action against him has attracted widespread attention in the West.

The paper said that Westerners were interpreting the case as being related to a "political fight", but it was a case of party discipline and Chinese laws.

"What is going on is the inevitable result of a lawful investigation," the paper said, claiming that it was an exaggeration to say that the case mirrors China's political fight.

"The stir around Bo's case will fade soon. The idea that China might fall into a so-called magnified struggle, due to such an incident, has long become history," it claimed.

While Bo was sacked from all posts in the party and the government for indiscipline, his wife Gu Kalai has been arrested in connection with the murder of a UK businessman.

Bo is facing investigation by the party for indiscipline.

All three could face long prison terms and Gu could face death sentence if the murder charge is proved.

Reports from Chongqing said thousands demonstrated for two days but the government said the protests were about local issue of merging districts.

Online support
Meanwhile, Bo's fans are garnering support on the Internet for the sacked leader. "We support the Chongqing Model and Bo Xilai," declared a call to arms posted on the website of the Progress Society.

The Progress Society site, which is officially blocked in China but is accessible to legions of Internet users who know how to skirt the firewall, froths with bile and often personal attacks on party leaders, particularly Prime Minister Wen Jiabao.