NCP legitimacy dispute: Commission to meet both sides jointly Friday

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Kathmandu, January 28

Days after refusing to legally accept the split in the Nepal Communist Party, the Election Commission has called both sides of the divided party for a joint meeting.

The commission’s spokesperson Raj Kumar Shrestha says five leaders of each faction have been called to the commission for a joint meeting at 11:30 am on Friday.

The commission has not explicitly mentioned that it wanted to discuss the legitimacy issue although it is almost certain that the split would be the central issue of discussion tomorrow.

Earlier, the KP Sharma Oli-led faction had informed the commission of extending its central committee whereas the faction led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal had removed Oli from the chairpersonship, replacing him with Madhav Kumar Nepal. Just on Sunday this week, the faction has removed Oli even as a general member of the party. They, however, had refused to legally accept the split, refraining from showing their group holds at least 40 per cent of the central committee members, a requirement for a party split as per the law.

Hence, the commission had refused to acknowledge the split legally, on Sunday itself.

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