Amid deepening rift within ruling CPN-UML, Madhav Nepal-led faction looking for separate office building

Published On: March 31, 2021 06:00 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, March 31: Amid deepening rift within the ruling Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML), the Madhav Kumar Nepal-led faction of the party is preparing to set up its separate office.

Speaking at a program organized in the capital to inaugurate the office building of Yuba Sangh Nepal, senior leader of the CPN-UML Madhav Kumar Nepal said that they are now looking for a building for office purpose.

The intraparty rift within the ruling party has further exacerbated after the CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli suspended even the ordinary membership of its senior leader Nepal and Vice-chairperson Bhim Rawal, accusing them of carrying out anti-party activities.  

The two factions led by KP Sharma Oli and Madhav Kumar Nepal are at loggerheads over a host of intraparty issues.

Miffed at the Oli-led faction's unilateral actions, the Madhav Kumar Nepal-led faction has already held a national gathering of party cadres and leaders in Kathmandu while it shunned the party's parliamentary party meeting and central committee meeting called at the convenience of the rival faction. The Madhav Kumar Nepal-led faction has also already formed the party's parallel committees across the country.

The CPN-UML, which was revived after the Supreme Court's verdict to invalidate the then Nepal Communist Party born out of the merger between the then CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) in 2018, has witnessed a serious rift within the party as the Oli-led faction is taking actions one after another against the leaders of the Madhav Kumar Nepal-led faction accusing them of being involved in factional politics.

On March 12, the Oli-led faction nominated 23 new members to the party’s Central Committee (CC). A meeting of the party’s CC members close to Oli made a decision to nominate 23 former Maoist leaders who chose to join the UML as CC members.

The Oli-led faction has sought clarification from the leaders belonging to the Madhav Kumar Nepal-led faction for getting ‘involved in factional politics by going against the party’s interests’. However, the rival faction has said that the party is facing trouble due to Oli's growing hegemony.

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 the growing squabbling between the two factions, the ruling CPN-UML is on the verge of a split.



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