Both NCP factions happy with Election Commission’s decision

File: KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal

Kathmandu, January 25

When the Election Commission issued its decision not to approve the virtual split in the Nepal Communist Party by denying legitimacy to either of the factions on late Sunday evening, many thought it was good news for the KP Sharma Oli faction and bad news for the other.

However, both the factions have expressed their happiness over the decision.

Unexpectedly enough, the Dahal-Nepal faction has also expressed its happiness over the decision. The faction claims the commission has expressed its commitment to respecting the party statute the commission has in its record, adding, ultimately, the majority will prevail and the faction will get legitimacy.

Speaking in a function in Kathmandu on Monday, Madhav Kumar Nepal, one of the two chairmen of the party, claimed his side had more than 70 per cent of the members of the 441-member central committee.

On the other hand, the Oli side is apparently happy as it still could claim itself to be the real NCP even if it already lost the majority of members.

“We are in favour of party unity. This is what we want,” pro-Oli Subas Chandra Nembang said, “The commission approved this.”

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