KATHMANDU, April 1: The ruling Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) on Thursday suspended even the ordinary membership of its leaders Ghanshyam Bhusal and Surendra Pandey, accusing them of carrying out anti-party activities.
In two separate letters issued to party leaders Bhusal and Pandey, CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli said they had been suspended for six months.
In a letter sent to Bhusal, Oli said that the action has been taken against him as the party was not satisfied by his clarification for his “anti-party activities”.
Chairman Oli also said that it is Bhusal's last chance to correct himself.
In the letter, Chairman Oli accused leaders Bhusal and Pandey of promoting factional politics within the party by holding "unauthorized" gatherings of the party.
Oli's decision to suspend Bhusal and Pandey comes four days after he took similar actions against senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal and Vice-chairman Bhim Rawal.
Bhusal and Pandey were asked to furnish clarification by the party after they also attended a national gathering organized by the Madhav Nepal-led faction last week.
Even though they participated in the national gathering organized by the Madhav Nepal-led faction, they joined the parliamentary party meeting called by Chairperson Oli last week. Despite that, Oli suspended them for six months as he found their clarifications "unsatisfactory".
The two factions led by KP Sharma Oli and Madhav Kumar Nepal are at loggerheads over a host of intraparty issues.
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.