Kathmandu, Nepal, October 13, 2020: Internal factional war of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has expose at again from Karnali province. As a section of lawmakers, particularly those who were affiliated to the formerly CPN UML, registered a vote of no-confidence motion against chief minister (CM) of Karnali Province, Mahendra Bahadur Shahi, who was affiliated to the formerly CPN (Maoist Center), intra-party conflict of the party has manifested in the centers among the top leaders.
A fresh crisis emerged in the Karnali provincial government is taken as a glimpse of the widening factional war within the ruling NCP even though the top leaders of the party, particularly the chairmen duo Pushpa Kamal Dahal and KP Sharma Oli had ‘agreed to resolve the differences’ by dividing posts and positions of both- party and the government among the rival factions.
As the understanding to divide the ministerial posts among the rival faction has yet to come into implementation due to the differences among the party leadership over the names of to be included in the cabinet, some insiders of the party have begun to cast a doubt that serious challenges could emerge in the party in days to come.
Following the fresh row in Karnali province, executive Dahal has taken initiatives to thwart the motion so as to make enable to his loyal chief minister Shahi to continue at the top post of the province. Dahal held separate meetings with Prime Minister Oli and senior leader of the party Madhav Kumar Nepal on Monday as part of a bid to save the post of Shahi.
Likewise, he also consulted with other leaders including Secretariat member Narayan Kaji Shrestha, Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa, Energy Minister Barshaman Pun and Standing Committee members Surendra Pandey, Yubraj Gyawali and Janardan Sharma over the issue.
Though Dahal has struggled hard to withdraw the motion tabled against CM Shahi, Prime Minister Oli has remained non-committal toward Dahal’s proposal, claims a source close to the party.
Personal tussle between CM Shahi and Yamlal Kadel, a local leader close to Oli has become a matter of tussle in center. Dahal faction has smelt a rat in the motion suspecting that Oli would have backed Kadel to register the motion. Personal tussle between Shahi and Kadel would not be sufficient to register the motion sans backing from the center, claims a leader close to Dahal preferring anonymity.
18 provincial lawmakers of the NCP had submitted the motion to the chief party whip of the NCP parliamentary party, Gulab Jung Shah on Sunday accusing CM Shahi of failing to deliver on his promises he had made during the elections and failing to bring people-oriented programs. Out of the 18 lawmakers, fifteen are from the then CPN-UML including Kadel while three are from the erstwhile CPN (Maoist Center).
As Karnali Province Assembly has a total of 33 lawmakers, he can be removed easily through the majorities of votes. Article 188 (3) of the Constitution of Nepal has made a provision that chief minister can be dismissed through a majority vote. It is said that such a voting process would begin from Tuesday.