Kathmandu, Nepal, November 17, 2020: As a secretariat meeting of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) is scheduled for Wednesday in the midst of escalating rift, the widely raised question mark of now is that how the party will move ahead in days to come and what will be the fate of the party and the government.
Since chairmen duo KP Sharma Oli, who is also the Prime Minister, and Pushpa Kamal Dahal have been throwing salvo to each other to isolate and save their position, possibilities are getting slim and feeble for consensus to save the party from the vertical split even through attempts are underway from different backdoor channels.
Those leaders, who had been engaging for consensus, have also begun to say that the ongoing dispute in the ruling NCP would not subside due to the adamant stands from both the sides. The division among the top leadership in center has created a row even at the local levels, triggering a fear of vertical split at anytime soon.
As party’s executive chairman Dahal has already tabled a proposal for discussion alleging Oli of promoting factionalism in the party and remaining reluctant to abide by the party decisions, it is likely that the scheduled secretariat meeting would endorse the proposal through majority votes paving the way for the vertical split in the party.
The dissident leaders namely Madhav Kumar Nepal, Jhala Nath Khanal, Bam Dev Gautam, Narayen Kaji Shrestha including Dahal himself have a demand that the Oli need to make sacrifices for at least one post- either prime minister or party chairperson- to save the party and the country.
It is said that Dahal had tabled the proposal in the consent of five members of the secretariat. Among the remaining four secretariat members aligned on Oli’s camp namely- Ram Bahadur Thapa, Ishowr Pokhrel, Bishnu Poudel including Oli, Thapa has given a sign to stand in favor of the proposal, claims a source close to the dissident Dahal led camp.
Notwithstanding the widespread pressure, Oli, however, has not only been denying resigning but threatened to face a severe consequence if they tried to compel him to resign. Oli led faction has now concentrate to take into confidence Nepal and Gautam. But all the efforts made to wool Nepal and Gautam have remained vain after they insisted that the proposal was also their own proposal.
As majority members have demanded discussion over the proposal, the Oli led faction has raised question marks over the legitimacy of the proposal. Terming the Dahal’s document as unilateral and violation the party’s rule, regulation and the spirit of the latest decisions of the Standing Committee meeting, the Oli led faction has also lobbying hard to withdraw the proposal.
The internal rift of the ruling NCP had taken new turn after two chairpersons sent sugar coated bitter letters to each other exposing the differences since the formation of the incumbent Oli led government.
It is said that the five secretariat members had demanded party meeting at the earliest with the belief that Oli would compel to step down from at least one post. Oli, however, has already made clear that he will not resign but can take a sever steps hinting that he would recommend the president to dissolve the parliament for fresh mandate.