NCP dissolves intra-party unification taskforce

Published On: February 22, 2019 12:21 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Feb 22: The ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) on Friday dissolved an intra-party taskforce formed to finalize the party's much-delayed unification process in local levels and sister wings.

A meeting of the NCP's secretariat held at the Dhumbarahi-based party headquarters took a decision to this effect, according to party spokesperson Narayan Kaji Shrestha.

Shrestha said that the secretariat has now been entrusted to  settle the unification process in local levels and sister wings.

The then CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center), which merged in May last year, have not been able to conclude merger of the districts and local committees, especially due to wrangling among various factions.

The decision comes three weeks after some members of the unification taskforce proposed dissolving the taskforce arguing that it was beyond their power to decide on power-sharing issues.

On December 3, NCP had set up an eight-member taskforce with Ram Bahadur Thapa as coordinator to take forward the merger of lower organizations. But the taskforce had had allowed a month's deadline to pass without any progress. Besides Thapa, the taskforce comprises Bishnu Paudel, Shankar Pokharel, Barshaman Pun, Yogesh Bhattarai, Surendra Pandey, Beduram Bhusal and Lekhraj Bhatta.

The taskforce had only been able to do a fraction of the given task due to disagreements among its members, mainly due to factional wrangling over stakes in the unification process. Party insiders say a growing rift between chairmen KP Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal was also hindering the remaining works of unification.

Dahal, according to his close aides, was not happy with the way Oli tried to distance himself from the legacy of the Maoist insurgency and becoming silent observer of the judiciary's deliberate attacks to frame former rebels in conflict-era cases.

Leaders said the merger could take a few more weeks as several leaders have been demanding a fair share of portfolios across the party organs. Senior leader Madhav Nepal is particularly unhappy with the distribution of party portfolios and has demanded a restructuring of the party's provincial committees and lower committees.

Nepal faction is also calling on the party heads to adopt 'one person, one position' policy, barring those holding government portfolios from party responsibilities. Province 5 Chief Minister Shankar Pokharel and Province 4 Chief Minister Prithvi Subba Gurung have been concurrently overseeing party's works in their respective province.


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