NCP’s Dahal-Nepal faction elects Dahal PP leader

L-R: Key leaders of Dahal-Nepal faction of the Nepal Communist Party during its parliamentary party meeting, in Kathmandu, on Wednesday, December 23, 2020.

Kathmandu, December 23

One faction of the divided Nepal Communist Party led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal has elected Dahal its parliamentary party leader, on Wednesday.

KP Sharma Oli was appointed the prime minister in early 2018 for being the parliamentary party leader of the NCP that had commanded a majority in the House of Representatives. Whereas Oli still claims he is the PP leader, another faction has claimed the position has been taken over.

If the court reinstates the House, the party plans to form a new government under Dahal’s leadership toppling Oli, Dahal told reporters after the meeting.

Just on Tuesday, the faction had removed Oli from the party chairman and replaced him with Nepal.

After Prime Minister Oli’s decision to dissolve the House of Representatives, the party formed after the merger between the then CPN-UML and the CPN-Maoist Centre led by Oli and Dahal respectively has been formally divided with the factions holding separate central committee and parliamentary party meetings.

As Nepal proposed Dahal’s name, all the lawmakers seconded the proposal unopposed on Wednesday, it has been learned. The leaders have claimed 115 lawmakers representing both houses of the Federal Parliament were present at the meeting. The number is past 50 per cent of the number of the unified party’s federal lawmakers.

Meanwhile, during the meeting, the party’s chief whip Dev Gurung proposed to file a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Oli.

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