Oli proposes Gautam for PM as NCP leaders demand his resignation

The secretariat meeting of the Nepal Communist Party, in Kathmandu, on Wednesday, April 29, 2020.

Kathmandu, April 30

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, apparently in his bid to delay the Nepal Communist Party’s unfavourable decision of making him resign from the premiership, has floated the name of the party’s vice-president Bamdev Gautam as the next prime minister.

He also proposed that the party induct former prime minister Madhav Kumar Nepal as another chairperson of the party which already has two chairpersons: himself and Pushpa Kamal Dahal.

Oli’s proposals come after Dahal and Nepal allied with each other to put pressure on Oli. As both of the leaders spoke against him during the secretariat meeting held last evening, Oli defended he should leave neither chairmanship or the premiership, claiming he was doing good jobs in both the roles.

Even if the party wants to change the prime minister, no any old face–Dahal, Nepal or Jhala Nath Khanal–should repeat, but Gautam should get a chance, he advised, adding the party could elect Bamdev Gautam into the National Assembly or the House of Representatives for this.

However, many including Gautam himself suspect that Oli’s proposal was not honest as efforts to make Gautam, who hold the parliamentary elections in 2017, have repeatedly failed. There is not the possibility of him being elected the House of Representatives member anywhere whereas the party does not have consensus about letting the National Assembly member become the PM.

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