The ongoing internal rivalry of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has reached at the verge to vertical split even though the last ditch efforts are intensified from different backdoor channels to keep the party intact. It is likely that the Secretariat meeting scheduled for November 18 would decide the fate of the NCP whether to divide or not, which is also directly associated with the fate of the incumbent government. As executive chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has already registered a proposal as of agenda for discussion in the scheduled Secretariat meeting in the backing of Madhav Kumar Nepal, Jhala Nath Khanal, Bam Dev Gautam, Narayen Kaji Shrestha, another faction led by K.P. Sharma Oli, who is also a chairman and Prime Minister, will have no options rather than resigning from at least one post if the proposal was endorsed by the majority members of the Secretariat.
As the nine member secretariat of the NCP is divided into two factions comprising five members in Dahal led faction and four members namely Ishowr Pokhrel, Bishnu Poudel and Ram Bahadur Thapa including Oli in his faction, Prime Minister has made his best to woo the dissident members, particularly the party’s senior leader Nepal and vice-president Gautam with intent to get majority strength in the secretariat and to isolate the Dahal led dissident faction. Oli’s tactical battle, however, would not enough to resist pressure and to save his positions as Prime Minister and a party chairperson as Nepal and Gautam have already dismissed Oli’s offer and made clear that Oli has alternative than to be corrected.
Being the ruling party of the federal government and six out of seven provincial governments, internal revelry of the ruling NCP has become a matter of concern to all the people living in the country and the well-wishers of Nepal. It is likely that slit of the ruling NCP would create disastrous situations not only in the party and the government but also in the nation. It is obvious that split of the NCP would shutter the hope of the Nepalese people to have a stable government and institutionalizing the recent change enshrine by the constitution promulgated from the historic constituent assembly even though the government had failed to give the sense of stable government from the very beginning of its formation.
It is not only pitiable but a matter of shame that the NCP has been indulging on internal rift on petty partisan interests. Though the squabbling within the parties including the ruling NCP has become regular phenomenon, the recent one differences was emerged after Prime Minister Oli allegedly expanded the cabinet, appointed ambassadors, played role to register no confidence mention against Chief Minister of the Karnali provincial Jiwanbahadur Sahi and held a meeting with Indian spy agency- Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) chief Samant Goel sans consultation in the party.
As the senior leaders indulged on differences just to pick their nearer and dearer in the ministerial posts, the performance of the government had begun to diminish from the very beginning on several fronts. In the nearly two and half years of the government’s formation, nothing was delivered to the people rather than reshuffling cabinet for a number of times just to adjust the nearer and dearer of the top leaders in the curative ministerial positions and to doll out the state funds. As timely deliveries of services have become illusion even at the time of national crisis of coronavirus pandemic, there is a widespread worry and rage across the spectrum of life.
Even though the government has failed in several fronts, people do not want dissolution of it and the split in the NCP. Since the ruling NCP is liable to institutionalize the recent change by implementing the constitution promulgated from the historic constituent assembly, we would like to urge to the party, particularly the top leaders on behalf of the Nepalese people not to jeopardize the recent change deviating from the responsibilities towards the people and nation.