Kathmandu, Nepal, July 28, 2020: Internal rift of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) likely to escalate further after dissident leaders led by party’s executive chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal decided to resume the stalled Standing Committee meeting to take decision through the majority process.
A meeting held on Monday among the party’s senior leaders decided to hold the Standing Committee meeting on Tuesday. The meeting held at Khumaltar based Dahal’s residence concluded to resume the Standing Committee meeting to implement the decision of Prime Minister Oli’s resignation from both the posts of Prime Minter and party chairman.
Party’s Standing Committee meeting has been repeatedly postponed in a bid to narrow down the internal rift in the party. The Standing Committee meeting that started on June 24 has been stalled since July 2 after almost all the members demanded Oli’s resignation.
The ruling head NCP has reached at the verge to vertical split after dissident leaders demanded KP Oli’s resignation from both the post of Prime Minister and Party’s chairperson. The dissident leaders have forwarded a condition of resigning from at least one post. However, Oli has been denying resigning from any posts.
The bilateral and trilateral meeting held at this around has failed to settle the internal differences but escalated further leading to the party towards the vertical split. One-to-one meeting held lately between the chairs duos Dahal and Oli had ended inconclusively after Oli challenged Dahal to oust him through the process.
It is said that the dissident leaders have reached on the conclusion to take decision over the issue of Oli’s resignation through the majority process. The dissident leaders hold absolute majority not only in the Standing Committee but also in the Central Committee of the party.
It is likely that the dissident leaders would endorse the demand of Oli’s resignation from both Standing Committee and Central Committee. However, the decision of the party would not sufficient to compel Oli resigning from the posts.
Oli has been challenging to the dissident leaders to oust him from the post of Prime Minister through the Parliamentary Party and the chairman through the General Convention. Oli holds majority strength in the parliamentary party.