Who is fueling from behind the curtain?
Kathmandu, Nepal: The intra-party disputes surfaced now in the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) after senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal vented his ire against the poor performance of the government and the unilateral decision of the party leadership likely to escalate further.
As party Chairman and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli led faction has grip in every spare of the party mechanism, it has now begun to demonstrate mussels against the Nepal led dissident faction even threatening of severe consequence labeling the internal differences as of a conspiracy to topple the incumbent government.
Nepal led faction has intensified internal discussions to set the future course of action to fight against the monopoly imposed by the co-chairman and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli in the party. The Nepal led faction has set a tactical plan to incorporate all the dissatisfied leaders and cadres even from the former CPN Maoist Center.
Interestingly, there is a speculation that another co- Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal would have backing the dissident voices raised by the Nepal led faction. As leader Nepal come out heavily against of the government and party leadership rightly after Dahal return home from the neighboring India, such a speculation would have somehow reality rather than merely the coincidence, a senior leader of the party said preferring anonymity.
Though the NCP has long been indulging on the internal rivalry not only in the time of forming the incumbent government but from the very beginning, it was visibly surfaced after leader Nepal not only spoke against of the government and party leadership in the parliament but also organized a meeting among the standing committee members in the time when both the chairman have gone out of the country.
Leader Nepal led faction had reached on the conclusion to come up heavily against of the party leadership after prime minister and co-chairman Oli faction deliberately bypassed the Nepal faction leaders while appointing either in the parliamentary committees or in the provincial committees.
The differences of the NCP has not only remained in the central level leaders but also reached on every spare of party mechanism triggering a fear that the party would face split before ending the unity process with the CPN Maoist Center.
Though the NCP was formed by merging erstwhile UML and the Maoist Center, almost all the committees are yet to be merged as a single committee, thanks to the differences. The sharing of posts among the chairman duo- Oli and Dahal has triggered differences not only among the leaders of the erstwhile UML but also in the Maoist Center.
Following the depiction of internal rift from the leader Nepal, the leaders aligned on the respective sides have openly been becoming vocal against each other. Even though such a faction war seems common among the political parties in Nepal, the recent one factional war of the NCP is taken importantly in a home and abroad.
The appointment of two chief ministers- Prithvi Subba Gurung and Shanker Pokharel- as the provincial in charges of Gandaki Province and Province 5 respectively fueled on the differences for replication the responsibilities. The dissident Nepal led faction has raised the voice of one-person, one-position not only venting ire to the appointment of Gurung and Pokhrel but also hinting to the party Co-chairman and Prime Minister Oli.
The Nepal led faction has a claim that exposing differences was not their desire but compulsion. It is said that the faction had already registered its dissenting voice in the case of the nomination of Provincial Committee office bearers and their in-charges. The Nepal led faction has a claim that taking all the important decision like appointment of provincial committees’ office bearers through the party's secretariat meeting was against of the party policy and norms.
Interesting fact is that the minters of the incumbent government have also been venting their ire against Prime Minister Oli for taking decisions unilaterally on various key issues of the government scrutinizing the activities of the respective ministers.
The ministers had begun to be miffed with the Prime Minister Oli after he transferred 30 secretaries on April 6 by keeping almost all the ministers and other concerned mechanism in the dark.
As Prime Minister Oli had flayed the ministers in front of the secretaries in two separate joint meetings of ministers and secretaries, some ministers had threatened even to resign if the act attitude of the prime minister was not changed.