October 23, 2018 05:30 AM NPT
KATMANDU, Oct 23: Nepal Communist Party has not made any changes to its prevision decision to pick provincial chiefs, in-charge and office bearers of the provincial panels despite protest from its senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal.
Last month, chairmen duo of the party—KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal – had picked provincial chiefs and other office bearers. Shortly after the nomination, a section of NCP leaders led by Nepal had raised the issue at the party by registering a note of dissent with the party's high command.
The party's secretariat meeting held on Monday, however, dismissed the note of dissent saying that further consultations would be made while making such decision in the coming days but there will be no changes in the decision regarding provincial appointments.
“Note of dissident registered by leader Nepal was discussed in today's meeting. But the meeting did not revise the decision related to appointment of provincial leaders,” said NCP Spokesperson Narayankaji Shrestha after emerging from the party's secretariat meeting on Monday.
The next round of meeting scheduled for Wednesday is expected to pick the leaders of the district committees and sister organizations.
Serious differences have surfaced among the leaders of the party that was formed by the merger of the then CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) ahead of 2017's parliamentary elections. NCP leader Nepal had registered the proposal to revise the decision on picking leaders of provincial panels arguing that such decisions be decided from the party's Standing Committee instead of the party's secretariat, the administrative body.
Stating that party chairmen duo Oli and Dahal picked their men in key government and party positions, leader Nepal has demanded 'once party one position' policy in the party. He has also demanded discussing crucial agendas only at the party's Standing Committee meetings instead of deciding such issues from other forums.
The faction led by Nepal was dismayed with the decision after even chief ministers were given the responsibilities of provincial in-charge to sideline leaders from the opponent camps.
Monday's meeting has also rejected party Spokesperson Shrestha's resignation. Spokesperson Shrest had had tendered his resignation from the position after party chairman Oli sought clarification from him regarding his statement over demands raised by Dr Govinda KC.
The meeting also rejected NCP lawmaker Rambir Manandhar's resignation to pave way for senior leader Bam Dev Gautam to contest by-election from Kathmandu Constituency 7.