Kathmandu, Nepal, January 21, 2020: The wrangling of the ruling head Nepal Communist Party (NCP), particularly the recent one difference among the Co-chairs of the party- KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal over the issue of candidate of the Speaker has created a new equation within the party.
Co-chair Oli, who is also the Prime Minister, has compelled to leave the claim to field Subash Chandra Nembang as the candidate for the post of speaker, thanks to the new equation made among the Co-Chair Dahal and senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal.
It is claimed that the equation made within the party would pave the way for a possible long-term alliance between Dahal and Nepal to check and balance Oli from taking decisions of both the government and party unilaterally.
In the nine-member NCP Secretariat, that includes General Secretary Bishnu Paudel, senior leaders Jhalanath Khanal, Bamdev Gautam, Ishwar Pokharel, Narayan Kaji Shrestha, Ram Bahadur Thapa including Nepal and chairmen duo- Oli and Dahal, almost all are divided into two camps. It is claimed that Only Pokhrel, Poudel and Thapa used to stand in favor of Oli while others have joined the camp of Dahal-Nepal alliance.
In the newly formed Dahal-Nepal alliance, it is claimed of majority in the standing committee, central committee and even the parliamentary party too. A leader close to the camp said preferring anonymity that of the total 175 NCP lawmakers in the House of Representatives (HoR), Dahal-Nepal has at least 109 lawmakers on their side.
Since Dahal fell under pressure from leaders of his erstwhile party UCPN Maoist Center not to relinquish the post of speaker, he explored the avenues for the new equation and headed to take into confidence Nepal and Gautam from the erstwhile CPN UML.
It is said that the new equation had compelled Oli to leave his stand to pick Nembang as the candidate of the speaker. It is claimed that the new equation is made with the view to continue till the next general convention.