NCP bars its leaders, cadres from airing dissent in public
August 27, 2019 08:44 AM NPT
Nepal Communist Party Co-chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal (center) presides over the party's secretariat meeting at NCP headquarters in Kathmandu on Monday. Dahal chaired the meeting in absence of another co-chairman KP Oli, who is in Singaopre for medical treatment. Photo: Keshab Thoker/Republica
KATHMANDU, Aug 27: After party leaders and cadres started criticizing each other in public forums including on the social media, the ruling Nepal Communist Party has imposed a ban on them from commenting and criticizing each other over the party’s internal affairs and decisions.
A secretariat meeting of the party held at its headquarters in Dhumbarahi has warned of action against leaders and cadres who violate the new rule. The meeting also instructed its leaders and cadres to use the party’s internal meetings if they have to criticize each other or party’s policies.
Most recently, NCP leaders Surya Thapa and Ram Prasad Sapkota had engaged in a bitter debate in public for days regarding a statement made by party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal.
Furthermore, another chairman KP Oli and secretariat member Madhav Kumar Nepal had engaged in an altercation in full view of the media.
“Now onward, any leader or cadre of the party or sister organizations should express their dissent if any only within the party,” said the party’s spokesperson Narayankaji Shrestha.
Monday’s was the first secretariat meeting chaired by Dahal. The meeting decided to induct Kiran Rai, Padam Rai, Devendra Parajuli and Kalpana Dhamala to the party’s central committee. With the new additions, the size of the central committee has reached 442 members.
Dhamala and Parajali were both in the Baburam Bhattarai’s Naya Shakti Party and had defected to the NCP after Bhattarai decided to merge his party with Upendra Yadav’s Federal Socialist Forum Nepal to form Samajbadi Party Nepal. Likewise Padam and Kiran had recently defected to the NCP from Netra Bkiram Chand’s Communist Party of Nepal.
The meeting has changed the responsibilities of some leaders and appointed a few deputy chiefs to the party’s various department.
Bhanubhakta Dhakal has been named chief of the National Security Department whereas Ram Kumar Rai has been named its deputy chief. Likewise, Ram Karki and Bishnu Rijal have been named deputy chiefs of the party’s Foreign Affairs Department.
Former Prime Minister and senior party leader Madhav Kumar Nepal heads the foreign affairs department.