KATHMANDU, Dec 22: A meeting of the Nepal Communist Party (NCP)’s Central Committee members close to Executive Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal that was organized by the rival faction of the ruling party has decided to expel chairman and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli from the post of party chairman.
The meeting of the rival faction held at Babar Mahal in the capital on Tuesday decided to remove Oli from the post of party' chairman as disciplinary action against the latter after an ‘unconstitutional’ dissolution of the House of Representatives (HoR) on Sunday, according to party spokesperson Narayan Kaji Shrestha.
Of the 446 Central Working Committee members of the party, 310 were present at the meeting.
The Oli-led faction also held its central committee meeting at the official residence of the prime minister in Baluwatar earlier today. The meeting named Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali as the party’s spokesperson, replacing Naryan Kaji Shrestha and fixed the date for the party’s ‘unity’ convention on November 18 next year.
During the meeting, Oli announced a 1,199-member Central Committee, adding 556 members to the existing 446-member committee of the ruling party--- to organize the party's general convention.