Oli smells ‘game’ against him inside party, but says he’ll face it

A meeting of the Nepal Communist Party secretariat

Kathmandu, February 26

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has commented that he has smelled some ‘game’ against him inside the Nepal Communist Party, but says he is ready to face it.

Speaking in a secretariat meeting of the party on Wednesday, the leader said some recent developments in the party were designed with a motive of weakening his leadership.

Oli was referring to the previous secretariat meeting’s decision to form a constitution amendment proposal drafting panel despite the knowledge that it was going to fail. He said the party’s vice-chairman Bamdev Gautam first put the constitution amendment as a precondition for him to get appointed as a National Assembly member, but not became ready to join the Upper House without the amendment.

Meanwhile, a source says Oli too had wanted to amend the constitution, demanding the number of the president’s nominees in the Upper House be increased to nine from three. It has been learned that Oli was willing to reappoint Yuba Raj Khatiwa, whose term is expiring next week. However, the secretariat has decided to direct the government to nominate Gautam for the vacant position.

Published on February 26th, Wednesday, 2020 4:50 PM

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