Kathmandu, November 14
The ongoing dispute in the ruling Nepal Communist Party is unlikely to subside anytime soon as both the chairpersons looked adamant during a brief secretariat meeting held in Kathmandu on Friday.
In the meeting, the party’s ‘executive’ chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal tabled a proposal claiming Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli promoted factionalism in the party and he was reluctant to abide by the party decisions. He termed this ‘Oli tendency’, adding the tendency should be widely exposed now.
Dahal also demanded that the prime minister need to make sacrifices to save the party and the country.
Oli did not speak in the meeting yesterday, but it was clear that he was not willing to heed Dahal’s suggestion.
Also Friday, it was revealed that Oli wrote a 10-page letter to Dahal on Tuesday in response to Dahal’s urge for a secretariat meeting. In the letter, Oli has accused Dahal of failing to fulfil the duties assigned to him as the executive chairman and holding separate meetings with leaders close to him, thereby ignoring the party institutions.
Dahal also presented a three-page response to Oli’s strong-worded letter during the secretariat meeting Friday. In his response, Dahal claimed Oli lied to the party in the previous letter.
Meanwhile, the party has scheduled the next secretariat meeting for Wednesday afternoon.