Third front leaders of the CPN-UML who were with Madhav Kumar Nepal but parted ways with him when Nepal opened a new party – CPN (Unified Socialist) -- and remained with the UML continue to disagree with UML Chair KP Sharma Oli.

Ghanshyam Bhusal today registered his dissent against Oli's political document, saying that Oli should have admitted that dissolving the House of Representatives was an unconstitutional move, according to UML headquarters Secretary Sher Bahadur Tamang.

He also sought clarity on people's multi-party democracy and socialism. Bhusal could not be contacted for comments.

Another third front leader, Bhim Bahadur Rawal, who is miffed at Oli for not letting him take charge of the UML in Sudurpaschim, where he was in-charge of the party before its merger with the CPN-MC in 2018, walked out of the central committee meeting today when Oli was scheduled to address the meeting to respond to attending leaders' queries.

Oli has named Lekhraj Bhatta, a former CPN-Maoist Centre leader, as the UML incharge of Sudurpaschim.

Addressing the central committee meeting, Oli defended his move dissolving the HoR.

On the recommendation of the Oli-led government, President Bidhya Devi Bhandari had dissolved the HoR first in December and then on May 22. The constitutional bench of the Supreme Court had, however, invalidated both her moves.

Oli claimed that any move to seek a fresh mandate could never be termed regressive.

Talking about the CPN-MC, he said a party that indulged in violence stood no chance against the UML in polls, as the UML had always worked in the best interests of the country without ever doing anything against the country and the people. He said the UML had a vision for the country's development and democracy despite some setbacks.

A version of this article appears in the print on September 27 2021, of The Himalayan Times.