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Prachanda says deputy is Indian stooge

world Updated: Jan 07, 2010 01:23 IST

The bid by opposition Maoists in Nepal to restore ‘civilian supremacy’ seems to have hit an internal roadblock with differences between party’s two senior most leaders coming to the fore.

Last week, Chairman of UCPN (Maoist) Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ said that his deputy Baburam Bhattarai is trying to become country’s next prime minister with India’s help.

He had stated that Bhattarai’s name is being repeatedly proposed by India as the next prime minister in order to play on the party’s internal differences.

Without naming anyone Bhattarai termed the remark as an attempt to assassinate his character. Although Prachanda claimed that there were no differences among UCPN (M) leaders and Bhattarai too expressed unhappiness with the media for highlighting the issue, the damage had been done.