Nepal | January 19, 2021

Majority prevails in NCP Sectt

PM’s demand that Dahal withdraw his proposal rejected

Ram Kumar Kamat
Share Now:

KATHMANDU, DECEMBER 1

Majority members’ will prevailed today in the Secretariat meeting of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), as Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli was forced to agree to discuss the proposal of party Co-chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal, although the PM wanted Dahal to withdraw his proposal.

The secretariat meeting of Nepal Communist Party (NCP) being held at the Prime Minister’s official residence, in Baluwatar, Kathmandu, on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Photo Courtesy: Surya Thapa/Twitter

Oli found himself in minority in the nine-member Secretariat when he said Dahal should withdraw his 19-page proposal, with only party General Secretary Bishnu Prasad Paudel backing the PM.

A Secretariat member told THT that Oli was not in favour of discussing the documents registered in the Secretariat including Dahal’s proposal and Oli’s 38- page rebuttal. Oli demanded that Dahal withdraw his proposal and apologise for ‘false’ accusations made against him in his proposal, but his demand was rejected by seven members, forcing a discussion on both the documents.

NCP Spokesperson Narayan Kaji Shrestha told mediapersons outside Oli’s residence in Baluwatar that Oli and Dahal put forth their views in the meeting.

According to sources, Dahal told Oli that he was arrogant and had not realised his mistakes. “You are acting like you are the state,” Dahal told Oli.

In his proposal submitted to the party Secretariat a few days ago, Dahal had accused Oli of defying party norms and values, disobeying party bodies’ decisions and making appointments in constitutional bodies without consulting top leaders. Oli countered Dahal’s allegations in his rebuttal, accusing Dahal of showing lust for power, adopting double standards vis-à-vis Millennium Challenge Corporation agreement signed with the United States and promoting factionalism in the party.

Shrestha said the Secretariat was in favour of formal and informal dialogue to resolve the crisis in the party. “We will identify causes of the problems facing the party and try to resolve them in a manner that will protect party unity,” he said. He said he was hopeful that talks would help defuse tension in the party.

Asked if the Secretariat would prepare a common proposal, Shrestha said they had not reached the stage where they could think of a joint proposal.

NCP Standing Committee member Asta Laxmi Shakya said the PM was free to put forth his views on Dahal’s document, but he could not stall debate on the documents in the Secretariat.

“Now the PM is telling party leaders to return to September 11 decisions of the Standing Committee. Had he obeyed those decisions, the party would not have been witnessing this crisis,” she said. The Standing Committee had directed the PM to stop taking unilateral decisions.

The next Standing Committee has been scheduled for Thursday.

The Secretariat meeting will continue tomorrow.

 


A version of this article appears in print on December 02, 2020 of The Himalayan Times.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

PM has no right to dissolve House, SC told

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 17 Lawyers representing the petitioners that have challenged the dissolution of the House of Representatives today began pleading before the constitutional bench of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher JB Rana. Advocate Bhimarjun Acharya said the prime m Read More...

EC consults parties regarding snap polls

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 17 The Election Commission today held consultation with 11 political parties on midterm polls announced for April 30 and May 10. EC Spokesperson Raj Kumar Shrestha said Chief Election Commissioner Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya informed representatives of political parties about its Read More...

Valley schools reopening after 10 months

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 17 Schools across all local bodies inside Kathmandu valley have started reopening. They had been closed for at least 10 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 24, the government imposed a blanket lockdown in a bid to subdue the spread of coronavirus, which hit the Read More...

Double for Stones as Man City crush Palace to go second

MANCHESTER: Manchester City steamed into second place in the Premier League with defender John Stones scoring an unlikely double in a 4-0 demolition of visiting Crystal Palace on Sunday. Central defender Stones, closing in on 100 Premier League appearances for City, headed his first league g Read More...

Information Technology

Smart diplomacy: Needs tech-driven approach

A calling need for tech-savviness in state diplomacy with a tech-managed system has assumed diplomatic importance to promote techno-economic cooperation and trade promotion. Technical knowledge about economic and trade connections with both the developed and emerging countries would substantially he Read More...

EDITORIAL: Unresolved issues

It would be in the best interest of both Nepal and India to resolve the boundary issue amicably Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali returned home on Saturday after wrapping up his three-day visit to India, where he took part in the sixth Foreign Minister-Level Joint Commission meeting. But he could no Read More...

THT logo

P is for patience

Grief, like a violent storm, has a span. While a storm usually spends itself after an hour or two, leaving behind a trail of devastation, the intensity of grief does not peter out that quick. It lasts for several months, in some cases for years. In most such instances, one doesn’t really know how Read More...

15 held in connection with Thapa’s murder

NEPALGUNJ, JANUARY 17 Police arrested 15 persons in relation to the murder of assistant informant Prabin Thapa working at National Investigation Department, Banke. Police started an investigation taking into custody the girl Thapa was in love with. Police have not disclosed the girl’s name. Read More...