NCP to name district committee leaders, politburo members on Monday

Pushpa Kamal Dahal (L) and KP Sharma Oli

Kathmandu, April 21

The Nepali Communist Party (NCP) is preparing to announce the name of the its district-level leaders as well as its politburo members, around a year after the erstwhile UML and Maoist Centre announced their merger to form the new party.

Monday (April 22) also happens to the be day the original Communist Party of Nepal in 1949. According to party sources, the leadership are involved in marathon talks to finalise the names of the interim leaders of the district committees, members of the politburo and the Valley Special Provincial Committee.

Party General Secretary Bishnu Paudel, who held talks with senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal on Saturday, said that a special programme will be organised on Monday to commemorate the establishment of the Communist Party of Nepal.

According to a source, party leaders KP Sharma Oli and the Madhav Kumar Nepal still have several disagreements over who gets to lead the district committees. An earlier proposal said that party leaders who have been elected to local governments should not be allowed to lead the party’s local units. However, the leaders are likely to reject the proposal. The party is likely to give the interim leaders six months to conduct district conventions to choose the new leadership.

Another source said that the politburo will have 150 members–one-third of the members of the central committee will make the politburo. According to the party statute, only those central committee members who have been elected twice to the post can be nominated to the politburo. Around 80-82 of the 150 members are likely to be former UML members.

Published on April 21st, Sunday, 2019 12:38 PM

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