KATHMANDU, March 25: Chairperson of the ruling Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist, KP Sharma Oli, has called a meeting of the party's parliamentary party for Friday afternoon.
Chairperson Oli, who is also the prime minister, called the party's parliamentary party meeting at 3PM on Friday, according to Bishal Bhattarai, a leader of the party who was recently designated as the party's chief whip.
The meeting will take place at Baluwatar, the official residence of the prime minister, according to Bhattarai.
Earlier last week, the Madhav Kumar Nepal-led faction of the party, boycotted the parliamentary party meeting while taking strong exception to the "unilateral decisions" made by the Oli-led faction.
The meeting is going to take place at a time when dispute within the ruling party is at its peak owing to factional feud. The two factions led by KP Sharma Oli and Madhav Kumar Nepal are at loggerheads over a host of intra-party issues.
The Oli-led faction has taken a series of actions against the Madhav Kumar Nepal-led faction which was earlier taking side with the Dahal-led faction when the Nepal Communist Party existed until the Supreme Court's verdict to invalidate the NCP.
Despite strong warnings and threats from Chairperson KP Sharma Oli, the Madhav Kumar Nepal-led faction has continued its parallel activities in recent weeks. With growing squabbling between the two factions, the ruling CPN-UML is on the verge of a split.