Dahal elected parliamentary party leader of Dahal-Nepal faction of NCP

KATHMANDU: The Nepal Communist Party (NCP) led by Madhav Kumar Nepal and Pushpa Kamal Dahal has elected Dahal as the parliamentary party leader.

A Parliamentary Party meeting of the Dahal-Nepal faction agreed to leader Madhav Nepal's proposal on Dahal's name as the leader of the parliamentary party.

Nepal was elected the co-chair of the party on Tuesday at the central committee meeting of the party held in Babarmahal.

Dahal-Nepal faction at the meeting had condemned the dissolution of the HoR, terming it an unconstitutional, undemocratic, autocratic, regressive, and arbitrary act. It rejected the HoR dissolution and demanded immediate summoning of the new session of the Parliament.

On the same day, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had convened another central committee meeting in Baluwatar. The Oli-led faction formed a general convention organising committee comprising 1,199 members and proposed to hold the party’s general convention on November 18-23. A meeting to be held on December 24 will finalise the date of the general convention.

Both the sides are claiming that their faction represents authenticity while disregarding the other.

The NCP, which had 173 members in the dissolved 275-member House of Representatives, was formed by the merger of CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist Centre on 17 May 2018, creating the largest communist force in the country.