The CPN-UML has decided to have 15 office bearers, including a chairperson, a senior vice-chairperson, four vice-chairpersons, one general secretary, one deputy general secretary, and seven secretaries.

Earlier, the UML had 13 office bearers.

The newly adopted statute of the party has a provision for 15 office bearers. The party has adopted three documents with some amendments - a political report, a document related to party organisation, and a party statute.

Addressing the statute convention, UML Chair Oli said the party had adopted the principle of people's multi-party democracy as the party's ideology. Claiming that 51 per cent people were in his party's favour, Oli said his only aim was to secure a clear victory for the party in the next general elections. He said party leaders could hold party posts till 70 years of age, but one person could not contest party elections twice for the same post.

He said his rivals in the party attempted to destroy the party, but party cadres foiled their attempt and saved the party.

He said the leaders who had deviated form the path had left the party and those who remained in the party were genuine leaders and cadres.

Oli said Madhav Kumar Nepal split the party in the name of forming a progressive government under the leadership of opposition party Nepali Congress.

He said his party would try to bring back cadres and leaders who were misled by the newly formed CPN (Unified Socialist).

The UML also adopted a 16-point proposal expressing confidence that the party would return to power.

Although the Supreme Court's directive brought the Oli-led government down, the party is confident of winning the people's mandate and continuing development programmes to achieve goals of development and prosperity, the UML said in its press release issued after the completion of statute convention.

The party also condemned the replacement bill proposing amendment to the Income Tax Act to exempt people from the obligation of showing the source of their income if they invest in big infrastructure projects. The UML said that the new provision would allow people to launder their black money.

It condemned the government's decision to scrap development projects initiated by the previous government and the current government's attempt to scrap political appointments made by the previous government.

The main opposition party also urged the government to establish Nepal's control over Limpiyadhura, Lipulek, and Kalapani. The party also decided to hold its 10th General Convention in Butwal.

A version of this article appears in the print on October 4, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.