Secretariat members of the ruling Nepal Communist Party during the Secretariat meeting on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy: Surya Thapa, the prime minister's press advisor)
KATHMANDU, Dec 2: Chairperson of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) KP Sharma Oli, who is also the prime minister, is likely to skip a meeting of the party's Secretariat scheduled to be held this afternoon.
Despite Oli's unwillingness, the majority of the Secretariat members on Tuesday had decided to sit again for 1 pm on Wednesday. Today's meeting will take place at the Prime Minister's official residence in Baluwatar.
On Tuesday, Oli and Dahal escalated the war of words with Oli warning Dahal against ‘inciting leaders to promote factionalism’. During the Secretariat meeting, Oli exerted pressure on Dahal to withdraw the latter's proposal.
However, Dahal insisted the party should discuss his proposal. The prime minister sought an apology from Dahal for the political proposal calling it an "allegation paper". Oli said that it is Dahal's conspiracy to end his entire political career.
In the meeting, Oli found himself in the minority in the nine-member Secretariat. General Secretary Bishnu Prasad Paudel was the only leader who backed Oli during the meeting.
The majority of the Secretariat members argued during the meeting that the prime minister was free to put forth his views on Dahal’s proposal. They, however, maintained that he should not halt deliberation on the political paper tabled by Dahal, who is backed by senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal.