KATHMANDU, Dec 19: In a series of meetings on Saturday, the Chairman of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has reached Pulchowk to meet the Minister for Home Affairs (MoHA) and party’s Secretariat member Ram Bahadur Thapa at the latter’s official residence.
Oli is accompanied by Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Basanta Kumar Nembang and Health and Population Minister Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal.
Earlier, Prime Minister Oli had reached Khumaltar and met his party’s co-chairman, Puspha Kamal Dahal at the latter's residence. The two leaders were later joined by the party’s Vice Chairman Bam Dev Gautam.
Gautam had skipped the meeting of Province 1 leaders organized by the Dahal faction in Paris Danda on Friday. Party insiders say Gautam’s absence in the meeting of rival faction leaders is meaningful and this suggests a new alliance within the party.
Sources said Prime Minister Oli exited from the meeting shortly after senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal reached Dahal’s residence in Khumaltar.
Prime Minister Oli’s decision to visit Dahal comes at a time when both the factions within the party are organizing their separate gatherings across districts to assess their strength in an apparent bid to split the party.
Today’s meeting of two top leaders has been viewed as the last effort by PM Oli to keep party unity intact. Oli and Dahal held a separate meeting in Baluwatar on Friday as well.