Kathmandu, June 12
In order to address dissatisfaction among some ‘genuine’ leaders, Nepal Communist Party Co-chairs KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal have reached understanding, on replacing some central committee members with ‘deserving’ leaders.
Dissatisfaction is rife among leaders of both the erstwhile CPN-UML and CPN-MC parties, which merged to become the NCP, for their non-inclusion in the central committee of the new outfit.
However, the central committee, which presently has 441 members, will not be expanded to accommodate new leaders.
“Both the co-chairs might decide on the CC rejig soon,” NCP Standing Committee member Haribol Gajurel told The Himalayan Times. “Those removed from the central committee might be inducted in other party bodies such as the advisory committee.”
However, the central committee should take a final decision on the matter.
According to Gajurel, Oli and Dahal will soon call a meeting of the standing committee to discuss the matter, but the exact date is yet to be fixed. “A sustainable solution to this dissatisfaction, however, will only come after the general convention or the national meeting of the party,” he said.
The latest development follows some of the leaders threatening to quit the party.
In a recent case, former CPN-Maoist Centre’s Central Committee member Tilak Thapa met Dahal to convey his decision to quit the party. Thapa had reached Dahal’s residence in Khumaltar expressing dissatisfaction over his non-inclusion in the central committee of the NCP.
Another secretariat member of the erstwhile CPN-MC Tanka Rai also recently met Dahal seeking Dahal’s reasons for his non-inclusion in the central committee.
“I don’t want to make any comment, but it is not only human error. I hope the party will not repeat such incidents,” sources quoted Rai as saying.
Dahal, however, has inducted Rai as an invitee member of the NCP standing committee.
Other leaders, including Suryman Dong and Ram Chandra Sharma, have also been voicing discontent over the same issue.
“We had supported the chairman for a very long time, so it was naturally disheartening that we were excluded. Nevertheless, we support
the unification,” former lawmaker and state minister Dong told THT.
“As per our information, some of the leaders excluded our names from the list in the final stages.”
On the other hand, the NCP is also facing severe challenges unifying the sister organisations of the two former parties, given the large central committees in such organisations. “We are doing ground work to unify our sister organisations,” Gajurel said.
There are 22 sister organisations of the UML and 24 of the CPN-MC. The NCP has formed task forces to unify the sister organisations. The taskforce has already missed its deadline.
A version of this article appears in print on June 13, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.