Nepal | October 01, 2020

Ruling Nepal Communist Party’s Standing Committee in limbo

Share Now:


Co-chair of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s attempt to convince Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, who also co-chairs the party, to attend the Standing Committee meeting has not succeeded even after holding multiple rounds of meetings with Oli in the past one week.

Dahal’s frustration was reflected yesterday when he interacted with a group of journalists along with other senior leaders of the party — Madhav Kumar Nepal, Jhalanath Khanal and Narayan Kaji Shrestha. Dahal said the tussle with Oli was not for party positions but for upholding the rule of law within the party.

Oli, who had been asked by majority members of the Standing Committee, including Dahal and Nepal, to quit either the PM or party co-chair’s post, had unilaterally postponed the Standing Committee meeting on July 28, incurring the wrath of the rival faction led by Dahal and Nepal. The rival faction held a meeting of the Standing Committee in the absence of Oli and his supporters the same day and termed Oli’s decision to postpone the meeting unfair and against party rules and norms.

The Oli faction, however, refused to recognise the Dahal faction’s meeting as official Standing Committee meeting.

Asked how long the Standing Committee members would wait for Oli to call the Standing Committee meeting again, NCP Spokesperson Narayan Kaji Shrestha said they would wait for a few days. The PM has fallen in minority in the Standing Committee and Central Committee and he has been avoiding the Standing Committee meeting.

A Standing Committee member told THT that the current feud between Oli and the rival faction was a by-product of Oli’s defiance of party rules. “At present, we want to establish that everybody abides by party decisions, but in the long run we also want to pursue the goals of socialism for which we need to chart out a course,” the Standing Committee member said, adding, “It is a question of whether we are truly committed to Marxism or we are just treating Marxism as a trademark.”

Another Standing Committee member Yubaraj Gyawali, who is close to Nepal, said the PM would eventually have to attend the Standing Committee meeting.

“Dahal has been holding talks with the PM to convince him that he should attend the Standing Committee meeting, but the PM has been saying that there is no need to hold Standing Committee meeting and agreement between him and Dahal would be enough to resolve the deadlock in the party,” Gyawali said.

He said the two co-chairpersons could agree on certain issues, but their consent would just be treated as a proposal and the party body would take a final call on all the agenda that the Standing Committee has been discussing for the past few weeks.

He said Standing Committee members of the party were experienced leaders with some associated with the party for up to 50 years. “They know what issues they would tackle and how. We as Standing Committee members are analysing where we should have liberal approach and where we need to be rigid,” Gyawali said. He added that the current fight within the party was not for party or government position but for upholding the rule of law and principles.

A version of this article appears in e-paper on August 7, 2020, of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

SC moved against Beema Samiti

KATHMANDU, SEPTEMBER 29 The Supreme Court has issued a show cause notice to Beema Samiti and the government, asking them to furnish reason for requiring people to submit citizenship certificates for COVID-19 insurance coverage. A single bench of Justice Prakash Man Singh Raut issued the order Read More...

Govt offices told to abide by Right to Information Act

KATHMANDU, SEPTEMBER 29 Thirteen years after the implementation of the Right to Information Act-2020, some government offices have yet to designate their information officers. According to the National Information Commission, 29 offices have been running without information officers. NIC Chief Read More...

Nepali UNMISS peacekeepers honoured with UN medal

KATHMANDU, SEPTEMBER 29 United Nations honoured UN peacekeepers, including Nepali nationals in South Sudan, during a function held here today. “I’m very proud to be a part of United Nations Mission in South Sudan,” said Captain Chunadevi Paudel, a peacekeeper from Nepal, upon receivi Read More...

Unsafe abortion in Nepal

Discussion on safe abortion to be held

KATHMANDU, SEPTEMBER 29 Local chapter of global women’s rights movement, She Decides Nepal, will mark International Safe Abortion Day with an ‘Open House’ event tomorrow to raise awareness on abortion rights. The event will aim to create a safe space for young people to come together and Read More...

Police for strict enforcement of odd-even rule

KATHMANDU, SEPTEMBER 29 Traffic police have intensified action against the vehicles violating the odd-even rule, which is being enforced in Kathmandu valley. Chief district officers of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur had lifted the complete lockdown on September 10, allowing businesses to op Read More...

16 crusher industries told to shut

SARLAHI, SEPTEMBER 29 Crusher industries operating illegally in Sarlahi have been ordered to close down for an indefinite period. The crusher industries operating in violation of the guidelines on extraction, sale and management of stone, aggregates and sand have been ordered to shut, said Chi Read More...

16 still missing in Baglung floods, landslide

BAGLUNG, SEPTEMBER 29 The whereabouts of 16 people missing in landslide and floods during the monsoon are still unknown. Fifteen people had gone missing in the flood at Bhuji Khola in Dhorpatan Municipality, Baglung, on September 3 while 22 had died in the incident. Likewise, a man went mis Read More...

Two Bhojpur local levels sans power supply

BHOJPUR, SEPTEMBER 29 Salpasilichho and Aamchowk rural municipalities in Bhojpur are yet get access to electricity. Locals in the rural municipalities have been compelled to live in darkness after the authority concerned paid no attention to set up the infrastructure required to connect the vi Read More...