File Photo: Chinese ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanqi (Left) and Nepal Communist Party (NCP) senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal
KATHMANDU, July 6: Chinese ambassador to Nepal, Hou Yanqi held a meeting with one of the dissident leaders of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Madhav Kumar Nepal at the latter's residence in Koteshwar on Sunday evening.
Sources close to leader Nepal said Ambassador Hou inquired about the intra-party disputes within the ruling NCP. The envoy expressed concern over the growing rift seen within the ruling NCP.
The meeting of Ambassador Hou with senior NCP leader Nepal came ahead of a crucial Standing Committee meeting of the NCP. The Standing Committee meeting scheduled for Monday is expected to decide whether to oust Prime Minister Oli from one of the two positions he holds at present -- party's chairman and the prime minister.
Earlier, the rival faction leaders including Chairman Dahal and senior leader Nepal sought the resignation of Prime Minister Oli from both posts, arguing that Prime Minister Oli had no moral grounds to stay in power as he had failed miserably in both fronts - the government as well as the party.
Although Dahal and Oli held talks even on Saturday to settle their differences, no consensus was forthcoming between the two leaders. Party insiders said Dahal and Oli are scheduled to meet again on Monday before the Standing Committee meeting.
Chinese Ambassador Hou also held a meeting with President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Sunday. Sources said the envoy expressed concerns over the growing rift in the ruling NCP.