CPN-UML Chairman and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli planting a party unification plant called Ginkgo Biloba on the premises of the Prime Minister’s Official residence in Baluwatar on Thursday. (Bijay Rai/Republica)
KATHMANDU, May 17: Both the chairpersons of CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) have jointly planted a sapling of Ginkgo Biloba on the premises of Baluwatar, a plant that survived the atomic bombing in Hiroshima and Nagashaki during the Second World War.
The chairpersons planted the sapling before the meeting of the party unification coordination committee began.
Earlier this meeting was scheduled for 10 am today. It was delayed after the 25th Madan-Ashrit Memorial Day started later than the scheduled time at Balkhu.
As soon as the party unification meeting is over, both the parties will hold their respective central committee meetings. The central committee meeting of the newly unified party will take place and go to the Office of the Election Commission to register their new party, said UML Vice Chairman Bhim Rawal.
A meeting between chairs of both the parties—KP Sharma Oli (UML) and Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' (Maoist Center)—on Wednesday morning agreed to seal the unification deal, and announce the merger today.
According to the agreement, the new unity party will be named 'Nepal Communist Party', the new party will be guided ideologically by the philosophy of Marxist –Leninist and on political line, People's Democracy will be adopted and leadership of the new party will be shared alternatively.
The new party will have 441-member central committee (241 members from the UML and 200 from the Maoist Center).
Likewise, it will have a 43-member standing committee with 25 representatives from the UML and 18 from the Maoist Centre. The party will have 'Sun' as its electoral symbol, the one the UML has been using for long.