A day after losing the mantle of the government, CPN-UML Chair and former prime minister KP Sharma Oli said that party leaders that were with Madhav Kumar Nepal would be allowed to work in the party if they reformed themselves, but Nepal himself would have no place in the party even if he apologised for his mistakes.

Oli said this after returning to his Balkot residence from the PM's official residence in Baluwatar. Oli is angry with Nepal for supporting Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba's bid for prime ministership on May 21 and challenging Oli's move to dissolve the House of Representatives in the Supreme Court. Deuba was appointed the new PM yesterday after the SC ruling.

One-hundred-and-forty-six members of the dissolved HoR, including Deuba and Nepal had challenged the PM's move dissolving the HoR and the Supreme Court had also delivered its verdict on Monday in favour of the petitioners.

Oli yesterday called those party lawmakers that supported Deuba and challenged the HoR dissolution saboteurs whose action had led to the fall of his government.

Oli's anger against Nepal is an indication that reconciliation between the establishment faction of the UML led by Oli and the rival faction led by Madhav Kumar Nepal-Jhalanath Khanal won't be easy. A 10-member task force had sealed a unity deal recently but Oli and Nepal are yet to endorse the agreement.

A version of this article appears in the print on July 15 2021, of The Himalayan Times.