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Saran sows dissent within Maoists

world Updated: Aug 09, 2010 23:26 IST
Utpal Parashar
Utpal Parashar
Hindustan Times
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's special envoy Shyam Saran left Nepal on Friday after a three-day visit. But it exposed fresh fissures among Maoists — the country's biggest political party.

A verbal duel has started between factions loyal to Maoist chief Puspa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' and his deputy Baburam Bhattarai over the leaders' separate meetings with Saran.

During his trip, the former foreign secretary tried to resolve the political impasse by holding talks with leaders of all major parties.

After meeting the Maoist leadership on Thursday, he had another meeting with Bhattarai.

Maoist standing committee member Barsa Man Pun told BBC that the party would "seek clarification from Bhattarai over the meeting at a time when he is seen as pro-Indian inside the party." But, Bhattarai faction said the former finance minister had met Saran on Prachanda's instructions.