At a time when the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) is on the verge of a split, the youth wing of the erstwhile Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist Centre - Young Communist League - is likely to be revived.

After the unification of former CPN-Maoist Centre and former CPN-UML, two youth wings of both the parties had merged to form National Youth Force.

A group of former YCL member close to Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa and the Oli faction of the NCP had conducted a meeting on January 21 to discuss the possibility of reviving the youth wing. Youth leader Biru Tamang, former senior vice-chair of YCL, led the group at the meeting and claimed that they had revived the YCL. Tamang works at the personnel secretariat office of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Tamang told THT that a total of 38 members of Nepal Youth Force and 61 other cadres of former YCL had joined at his initiative. NYF is currently led by Ram Prasad Sapkota, who has joined the Dahal-Nepal faction of the party.

"Our initiative is to bring all the former YCL leaders, who were left out during the merger of both the youth wings, at one place," Tamang said. He further said the party unification process was too slow and many of the party's organisations and wings were never really united.

The meeting has also appointed coordinators of the youth wing in all seven provinces.

Bijay Dangi has been appointed coordinator in Province 1, Bimal Poudel in Province 2, Man Bahadur Tamang in Bagmati Province, Nabin Gurung in Gandaki Province, Govinda Bhusal in Lumbini Province, Tek Bahadur Bogati in Karnali Province and Yogesh Saud in Sudurpaschim Province.

"The selected coordinators have been entrusted with the responsibility of communicating the party's decisions in their areas and to make people aware of the about political developments in the country," said Tamang.