NCP set to split

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A meeting of the Nepal Communist Party (NCP)’s Central Committee members close to Executive Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal that was held today has decided to remove chairman and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli from his post and Madhav Kumar Nepal is appointed its chairman replacing Oli.

The meeting of the rival fraction decided to take disciplinary action against K.P Sharma Oli as he took step to dissolve the parliament. Out Of the 446 Central Working Committee members of the party, 310 attended the meeting.

Similarly, NCP’s chairman and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli announced a 1,199-member Central Committee in a bid to gain majority in the party. The meeting held today in Baluwatar appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali as the party’s spokesperson, removing Naryan Kaji Shrestha. Oli also proposed holding the party’s general convention on Noveber18-23 in Kathmandu.

Since both faction have announced their separate members, it seems NCP is on the verge of extinction unless there is some miracle.

Both factions claim to be a legitimate Nepal Communist Party and they are in efforts to regain influence in the party.

Oli and Prachanda are now involved in allegations and anti-allegations. Prachanda accused Oli of corruption and unable to run good governance while Oli accused Prachanda of focusing more on money, power, and position. Two leaders who merged two communist parties and claimed to be the co-pilot of a jet couldn’t find its safe landing.

Before also, there were infightings in the party and was on the verge of split. But it was saved. But now, it is split as both faction announced their chairmen.

Earlier in a surprise move, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had recommended dissolution of the Federal Parliament during an emergency cabinet meeting on Sunday.

President Bidya Devi Bhandari has dissolved the House of Representatives and also approved the cabinet’s decision to hold a mid-term general election on April 30 and May 10.

According to the press statement,  the Office of the President stated that President has approved the recommendation of the Council of Ministers, stepping on Article 76 (1) and (7) and Article 85 of the constitution.

The surprise move comes so he wouldn’t have to step down in favor of a rival faction led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Madhav Kumar Nepal, and Jhalanath Khanal. The chairman and Prime Minister K.P Sharma Oli is in minority in his party and his opponent faction has demanded his resignation for failing to run good governance and follow the party’s decision.

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