KATHMANDU, Dec 24: The two rival factions of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), which suffered a split recently, are holding parallel central committee meetings on Thursday.
The faction led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal is holding its central committee meeting at 1 pm at a party venue in Babarmahal while the KP Sharma Oli-led faction is convening its central committee meeting at 1 pm at Baluwatar.
Today's central committee meetings of the rival factions are expected to chalk out their future strategies.
The Dahal-led faction's Standing Committee meeting decided to take disciplinary action against Oli on Sunday evening, a couple of hours after President Bidya Devi Bhandari announced the dissolution of parliament upon the recommendation of Prime Minister Oli.
The faction has argued that it has an absolute majority in the CC and the EC should recognize it as the authentic NCP. The Dahal-led faction has claimed that it has more than 40 percent of central committee members [out of 441] to claim the NCP.
On Tuesday, the Oli-led faction conveyed to the EC that its central committee had been expanded so as to make it 1,199-member with the addition of 556 members now and with the provision of adding 197 members in the future.
When founded in May 2018, the NCP had informed the election body that its central committee was 441-strong.