The establishment faction of the ruling CPN- UML today sought explanation from senior party leader Madhav Kumar Nepal and 19 other leaders of his faction, including four lawmakers of Karnali province for crossing the floor during trust vote recently.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli's Press Adviser Surya Thapa said that today's meeting of the 10th General Convention Committee decided to seek explanation from 20 leaders of the rival faction, including Nepal, Bhim Bahadur Rawal, Ghanashyam Bhusal, and Surendra Prasad Pandey for anti-party activities and factionalism. They have been given 20 days to respond.

Karnali PA members Prakash Jwala, Nanda Singh Budha, Amar Bahadur Thapa, and Kurma Raj Shahi had crossed the floor during the confidence vote sought by Chief Minister Mahendra Bahadur Shahi, who is from the CPN-MC.

UML lawmaker in the National Assembly Khimlal Bhattarai said the PM told the meeting that he would not tolerate anti-party activities and would punish Nepal and his loyalists for their defiance. The PM had suspended Nepal, Rawal, Bhusal, and Pandey from the party for six months and had told them to mend their ways.

According to Gyawali, Oli presented a political paper in the meeting arguing that even after the restoration of the HoR, the possibility of political stability and the resolution of political problems was next to nothing.

According to Gyawali, the PM stated in his paper that his party had decided to unify with the CPN-MC in good faith, but some leaders acted with bad intention, endangering party unity.

The PM said that even before the Supreme Court nullified the unification of the UML and the CPN-MC, the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) was a divided house.

A version of this article appears in the print on April 20, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.