The CPN-UML taskforce formed to settle differences between the establishment faction and the Madhav Kumar Nepal faction held its first meeting and appealed to the party's rank and file not to do anything that could create mistrust and contradictions in the party.

Taskforce member Bhim Rawal told mediapersons that the taskforce also urged all to promote goodwill in the party. The taskforce will soon formulate its procedures and code of conduct for leaders. The next meet of the task force has been scheduled for tomorrow.

The 10-member taskforce comprises five leaders from the Nepal-Khanal faction and five from the faction led by party Chair and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. The taskforce was created after PM Oli held talks with Nepal to settle differences.

The Nepal faction has demanded that PM Oli revive all party structures and committees that existed before the UML's merger with the CPN-Maoist Centre. The rival faction has also demanded that PM Oli rescind his decision to amend the party statute and induct 23 former Maoist leaders into the party's Central Committee.

A version of this article appears in the print on May 19, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.