NCP split: Dahal-Nepal faction finally decides to claim legitimacy

File: The central committee meeting of the Dahal-Nepal faction of the Nepal Communist Party, in Kathmandu, on Monday, February 1, 2021.

Kathmandu, February 1

One and a half month after the virtual split of the Nepal Communist Party, the faction led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal has finally decided to approach the Election Commission claiming it is the legitimate side.

A meeting of the faction that it claims to be a central committee meeting made the decision on Monday afternoon.

The decision comes days after the commission refused to approve the split legally as both factions were reluctant to accept the party had split.

Earlier, the KP Sharma Oli-led faction had informed the commission of extending its central committee whereas the Dahal-Nepal faction had removed Oli from the chairpersonship, replacing him with Madhav Kumar Nepal. The Dahal-Nepal faction has already 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.

But, the Monday meeting decided to present the claim as per the law, informs the faction’s spokesperson Narayan Kaji Shrestha.

The meeting also endorsed the standing committee decision to remove Oli from the general membership of the party and Bishnu Paudel from the position of general secretary.

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