Feb. 26 The Bhutan Communist Party (MLM) is trying to meet and discuss its issues with the officials of the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal according to Nepali news portal, Ghatana Bichar. BCP (MLM) has been trying to arrange an informal meeting with the Chinese officials, the portal quoted the Chinese embassy as saying. The embassy told the news media that the party attempted to meet with the officials two weeks ago but the embassy source made it clear that it has no direct link with the leaders or cadres of the party although indirect relations have been established .
According to the source, the Party has been split a couple of years ago due to minor conflict among the leaders and now they are separately led by two of their leaders-Birat and Bikalp. There are traces that the Bikalpa faction has its affiliation to Revolutionary International Movement (RIM) and Community Party of South Asia (COMPOSA) while the group led by Birat is trying to build its ralation with the people’s Republic of China. Also, the assumptions are that the Birat faction of BCP is stronger in regards to its organisational foundation but ‘Bikalpa’ has strong international communist hold.
Both these party secretaries have been actively serving their terms anonymously and are in good standing with their Nepali counterparts. There are evidences of intimacy between the Maoist parties of these two land-locked countries. Cadres of Bhutanese Communist Party were conferred trainings in war arts in the eastern region of Nepal during the revolutionary movement. Also, Moni Thapa, a Nepali Maoist leader attended the anniversary of the BCP (MLM) while he was assigned to serve the party ordinance at the Indo-Nepal border. The leaders of both the parties pay regular visit to another Nepali Maoist leader, Mr. C. P. Gajurel.
Meanwhile, one of the top leaders of the MLM has been reported to have reached Australia through third country resettlement program.
The Party believes in resolving the crisis associated with Bhutanese refugees through armed revolution in Bhutan. The party manifesto reads their primary focus is to knock down the Wangchhuk oligarchy and establish people’s republic in Bhutan.
The Bhutan Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist-Maoist) is a recently established and banned political party in Bhutan. Formed in UN refugee camps in Nepal and largely composed of Bhutanese ethnic Nepali refugees, the BCP (MLM) calls for a New Democratic Revolution and the overthrow of the Bhutanese monarchy.