Dhankuta, January 3 Long after unification, Nepal Communist Party (NCP) is yet to form its district committee in Dhankuta. Though recommendations of representatives for the committee have been sent to the provincial task force from the district, no committee has been formed so far, Leader of the erstwhile CPN-Maoist Centre Kamal Rai ascribed this situation to differences in the party over representation and leadership. “While the CPN-UML faction has sought leadership in nine districts leaving five other seats in the province to the Maoist faction, the latter has claimed the same number of seats. This is behind the delay in formation of the district committee in Dhankuta, and elsewhere too,” said another NCP leader. He further indicated that the committee could refer the recommendations to the party standing committee if it failed to decide on the recommendations on its own. NCP provincial committee member Rishiram Dhungana, however, denied there was any dispute in the party. “There is no dispute in the party as rumoured. The delay is because there are many claimants for leadership,” he said. Meanwhile, delay in selection of the district-level leadership has also affected the formation of regional, town and ward-level committees. It is important to note that the central leadership of the NCP had pledged to complete the unification process at the lower levels within three months. But long after the CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist Centre unified on May 17, merger of the two erstwhile left parties hasn’t happened at the local levels in the real sense of the term.