UML CWC meet from July 10

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, June 16:

The meeting of the CPN-UML standing committee held yesterday has decided to call the party’s ninth central committee meeting from July 10-14 and has also set the agenda for the same. A UML central committee member said the meeting would be “serious in nature” as it would review the party’s decision to join the Deuba-government, discuss future strategy and the political scenario after February 1 royal takeover. Sources said the meeting would also discuss a report submitted by a seven-member taskforce led by standing committee member KP Oli, which had suggested going for fresh elections by forming an all-party government to reactivate the constitution. However, party leadership had shelved Oli’s report without holding any discussions in the central committee, and had agreed with the seven-party alliance’s demand for the revival of the third parliament. The meeting is also expected to discuss another report prepared by a nine-member team led by Jhala Nath Khanal, which has reviewed 12 years of democratic rule and the party’s overall performance during the period, according to sources. The two task forces were constituted by the eighth central committee meeting headed by then acting general secretary Khanal, as general secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal was under house arrest. Sources said the meeting is expected to delve into reports to be presented by zonal committees, and discuss party’s organisational status and Maoists’ strength in each zone.