The Central Committee of the CPN-UML today decided to remove all records pertaining to Madhav Kumar Nepal and leaders of his faction who had left the party to form the CPN (Unified Socialist).

UML Spokesperson Pradeep Gyawali told mediapersons after the Central Committee meeting that the party would submit details of leaders who had been removed from the party bodies, to the Election Commission. He, however, said his party had decided to keep the door open if anybody from the newly established CPN (Unified Socialist) realised their mistake and decided to return to the mother party.

Gyawali said his party would seek legal recourse against the Election Commission's move allowing those leaders who had not originally signed the petition to split the party, to verify their signatures. He said the EC erred by allowing those UML leaders who had been removed from the party to verify their signatures.

Gyawali accused Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota of committing a grave mistake by not issuing notice confirming the expulsion of 14 lawmakers till the time the Election Commission decided to split the party. He said the speaker's role did not conform with parliamentary norms and the relevant laws.

He said the ordinance issued to lower the threshold for splitting political parties allowed even chiefs of local bodies to choose between the mother party and the splinter group and that was against the constitution.

The UML also decided to endorse the Standing Committee's decision to implement the 10-point unity proposal as soon as possible.

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