The Mahantha Thakur-Rajendra Mahato faction of the Janata Samajbadi Party-Nepal has sought a week's time to submit a copy of the signatures of the Executive Committee that decided to expel party Co-chair Upendra Yadav from the party.

Recently, both the co-chairs Thakur and Upendra Yadav had expelled each other and written to the Election Commission to remove their names from the party. The Yadav faction had also removed Rajednra Mahato, Laxman Lal Karna and Sarvendranath Shukla from the party.

According to Spokesperson for the Election Commission Raj Kumar Shrestha, the Thakur-Mahato faction sought a week's time to submit a copy of the signatures of Executive Committee members citing disruption of movement due to prohibitory order in most parts of the country. Shrestha said the EC took their request positively as people's movement had been affected due to prohibitory orders.

The Yadav faction has claimed that it has majority in the 51 member Executive Committee.

The faction has already submitted details of its action against Thakur-Mahato faction leaders in the prescribed format. Earlier, the EC had written to it that its details were not in the prescribed format.

Factional feud between the Thakur-Mahato faction and Yadav-Baburam Bhattarai faction has led to split in the party with rival faction leaders expelling each other from the party. While the Thakur-Mahato faction supported Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, the Yadav-Bhattarai faction have opposed the PM's 'regressive move' of dissolving the House.

Province 2 Chief Minister M Lalbabu Raut, who is close to Yadav, removed four ministers close to Thakur from his Cabinet.

A version of this article appears in the print on June 9, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.