NEW DELHI: The breaking away of a significant chunk of Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoists (UCPN-M) is not just a major setback for its leader Prachanda but is also likely to impact the Maoist movement in India. The breakaway group of 45 of the 149 central committee members headed by Mohan Baidya Kiran has already renewed ties with Indian Maoists and much of the planning was also done here, sources said.
Intelligence agencies are of the view that the split in Nepal will inject new energy to the Communist Party of India-(Maoist) and revive regular contact between the Maoists in India and Nepal. The relations between the CPI (Maoist) and the party in Nepal had dwindled since 2006, when Maoists joined the government in Kathmandu. Interestingly, Mohan Baidya was the main person who kept in touch with CPI (Maoist). His breaking out of UCPN-M is likely to see a reshaping of the Maoist movement in both countries. Baidya’s new party is called the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M).