NCP dispute: Oli loses to Dahal once again, agrees to withdraw controversial ordinance

Kathmandu, December 16

One again, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has lost in the internal dispute of the ruling Nepal Communist Party.

Oli’s government on Tuesday had issued an ordinance to amend the Constitutional Council Act, angering the majority of the leaders including another chairman of the party, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, and other leaders in the party. As the party opened the standing committee meeting on Wednesday, Oli finally agreed to withdraw it. Otherwise, it was likely that the committee could direct the prime minister to withdraw the ordinance.

Also today, some lawmakers opposing Oli’s leadership had gone to the President’s Office to submit an application for the early opening of the Federal Parliament’s session. That had put Oli under pressure, and he had urged Dahal to withdraw the application. In response, Dahal had urged him to withdraw the ordinance first.

Now, the ordinance, as well as the application for the special parliament session, would be withdrawn.

NCP leaders Subas Chandra Nembang, Shankar Pokhrel, Ghana Shyam Bhusal and Bishnu Paudel had mediated between the two leaders.

For the past few months, Oli and Dahal are at odds over various issues of the party leadership, threatening the unity of the party formed after the merger between two forces in 2018.

In May this year also, the Oli government had issued the ordinance, but he had to withdraw it within four days as all parties protested it.

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