NCP leaders criticize party leadership

Published On: December 19, 2019 07:37 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Dec 19: Leaders of the ruling NCP came down heavily on the party leadership for failing to manage the party and making the dysfunctional structures vibrant after unification. 

Speaking at the Standing Committee meeting of the NCP at the party headquarters, Dhumbarahi on Wednesday, leaders including Haribol Gajurel, Raghuji Panta, Gokarna Bista, Matrika Yadav, Lilamani Pokharel among others flayed the party leadership on various issues, according to leaders involved in the meeting. 

However some leaders including Pradeep Gyawali and Prithvi Subba Gurung defended the government and party leadership at the meeting. Gyawali is the foreign minister while Gurung the chief minister of Gandaki Province. 

“No one should hesitate to say that the responsibility of the existing problems in the party should be taken by the party chairmen duo,” an NCP leader quoted Gajurel as saying at the meeting on Wednesday. Gajurel, who is believed to be loyal to NCP Executive Chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal, compared the NCP leadership with a driver of an old vehicle with experience of 30 years but just transitioned to drive a vehicle with new system without upgrading the skills. 

Matrika Yadav, who was relieved from his ministerial post in the recent cabinet reshuffle, blamed the party leadership for leaving the party in a mess without clear ideology and direction. 

Leader Raghuji Panta sought leadership’s clarification over the decision to endorse the Millennium Challenge Corporation grant from and US asking whether it was a part of the Indo-Pacific Strategy. 

In response, Foreign Minister Gyawali said that the MCC was not a part of the strategy and there is nothing to lose for Nepal while accepting the fund. 

I was hurt by expulsion: Bista
While speaking at the NCP Standing Committee meeting on Wednesday, former Labor and Employment Minister Gokarna Bista complained that his removal from the ministerial portfolio was humiliating. Bista was relieved from the post along with six other ministers under the Prime Minister’s cabinet reshuffle decision. “He sought clarification from the party leadership for his removal from the cabinet,” said another leader present at the meeting. Bista was of the view that he was ready to tender his resignation if the prime minister had asked him to do so. “But the way I was expelled from the cabinet hurt me,” he said in the meeting, according to NCP leaders.

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