Kathmandu, August 4
One of the two chairmen of the ruling Nepal Communist Party, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has told another chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal that any meeting of the party’s standing committee cannot be considered legitimate if he does not attend it.
Oli’s statement comes a week after he unilaterally postponed the party’s standing committee meeting, forcing Dahal to chair the meeting on his own. The meeting chaired by Dahal had protested Oli’s unilateralism.
When the party’s standing committee meeting began on June 24, Dahal had demanded Oli’s resignation from the positions of party chair and prime minister, accusing him of failure. Oli, however, has been refusing to give up even one position, leading the party to the months-long stalemate. Following the dispute, the standing committee meeting has been repeatedly postponed without discussing any item of the set agenda.
Now Dahal wants to resume the halted meeting but Oli wants to postpone indefinitely and find a solution in the nine-member secretariat. Oli has further warned Dahal that he would not attend the standing committee meeting called by Dahal and added such a meeting would not be legitimate, inform sources privy recent meetings between the two.