Kathmandu, Nepal: The two major communist parties of Nepal- CPN UML and the CPN Maoist Center, which had forged electoral alliance in the recently held parliamentary and federal elections with the declaration to unify the both the parties, have now faced challenge of power sharing.
Even though both the parties had agreed to go into a merger with 60:40 percent shares respectively, sharing the post of Prime Minister and Chairman of to be unified Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has pushed into backpedal the entire process to unify the party immediately.
Backdoor negotiations among the chairmen duo KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal are intensified with view to finalize tentative framework of unification before the formation of new government, but no tangible progress is made yet, thanks to the differences on power sharing among the top leaderships.
The Party Unification Coordination Committee (PUCC) formed comprising senior leaders from the two parties has also been failing even to chalk out the procedures that need to be adopted while unifying both the parties, thanks to the differences on power sharing among the top level leaders.
The committee members have offered to sort out the issue of leadership, organization and ideological issues in line with a common election manifesto unveiled by the two parties during the parliamentary and provincial elections.
While unveiling the common election manifesto, both the parties had agreed to share the post of Chairman and Prime Minister in rotational basis. However, it is said that UML Chairman Oli is not willing now to rotate premierships with Dahal. Interestingly, some UML leaders have also been objecting even to offer the chairmanship of the unified party to Dahal triggering complications to unify the party.
The Maoist has forwarded as of its bottom-line that both the chairmen should alternatively lead the government and party. Likewise, giving suitable role to some powerful Maoist leaders like Narayen Kaji Shrestha, Ram Bahadur Thapa and others is also emerging as major headache for the leaders from both sides.