KATHMANDU, Jan. 12( Xinhua) -- After the unexpected loss in Nov. 19 election last year, Nepal's third largest party UCPN(Maoist) is preparing to downsize the party's organizational structure from top to bottom to make them more functional and effective, party leaders said on Sunday.
Party leaders said the main reason behind the election debacle is mega structure which made the functioning of the party and mobilization of its members ineffective.
Party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal will present a political document at the party's Central Committee meeting that begins from next week, calling for a review of the party's current policy on organizational structure.
Under Dahal's plan, party representatives will be elected. Leaders who are familiar with such plan told Xinhua that downsizing the party structure is aimed to re-build the party for the next election after the promulgation of new constitution.
Currently, there are 266 members in the party's Central Committee and other party organizations are also overstaffed, thus making the functioning of party more difficult.
"We are likely to downsize the Central Committee to 99 members as elected by seventh general convention held in February last year," said a leader.
Party Spokesperson Agni Sapkota told journalists on Saturday that party will streamline its organs to make them effective. Similarly, according to leaders, consultations are underway about cut the various layers of party's organizational structure.
"These organizations are not all necessary. They are obstacles to reach out to people because we always engage in the meetings but less interaction with local people," Maoist leader Haribol Gajurel told Xinhua.
After joining the peace process, many from other parties joined the Maoist party and swelled its ranks. Some party leaders blamed the party's defeat in Nov. 19 election on its overlapping and overstaffed organs. The party is now trying to rebuild itself after the defeat of Nov. 19 election.
However, party's senior leaders Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Baburam Bhattarai and Narayan Kaji Shrestha are at odds about the party's structural reform. Bhattarai has demanded that the tenure of party president should be limited to two terms but Dahal does not agreed with him in that regard.
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