KATHMANDU, July 25: A crucial secretariat meeting called by ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) which was scheduled for today afternoon has been deferred until further notice.
The meeting was scheduled for 1 pm today to pick department heads of the party and allot responsibilities to the central committee members.
However, the secretariat meeting could not take place owing to factional feud in the party, according to NCP sources.
NCP spokesperson Narayan Kaji Shrestha told Republica Online that the meeting has been postponed for the time being.
On July 21, the NCP's secretariat meeting had picked party's district and municipal in-charges and deputy in-charges.
Leaders, divided over whether to endorse the People's Multi-party Democracy and Janatako Janabad (People's Democracy), have agreed to endorse 'People's Democracy' as the party's guiding principle for the time being, according to party sources.
The NCP leaders have forged an understanding to resume discussion on the party's guiding principle only at the upcoming general convention.
As part of the merger between the then CPN (UML) and CPN (Maoist), the two factions have yet to form a central committee, provincial committees, organization chief, the politburo, and central departments.
According to sources, Bamdev Gautam is likely to be appointed as the party's organization department chief. Informed sources said that Madhav Kumar Nepal will become the party's foreign relations department chief.
Three NCP leaders Ishwar Pokharel, Narayan Kaji Shrestha and Jhalanath Khanal are in the race to become the party's schooling department chief.