Bhattarai or Dahal?

In recent times we have read about the intense rivalry between Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Baburam Bhattarai. The following incident published in the Kathmandu Post shows who the people's choice to lead the nation is. On Feb. 26, the top Maoist leaders drove to Nepalgunj to participate in their party’s internal training programme. A crowd had gathered near the venue to welcome the leaders and submit a memorandum to them. Pushpa Kamal Dahal was riding in the front of the car while Baburam Bhattarai was in the backseat. When Dahal saw the crowd, he got of the car to receive the memorandum. However, the locals refused to give to him and instead said that they were there for Baburam Bhattarai. This incident shows that while Dahal controls the party cadres, Bhattarai commands enormous respect and support among the population.