October 8, 2018 08:18 AM NPT
KATHMANDU, Oct 8: A meeting of ruling Nepal Communist Party’s secretariat has started at the Prime Minister’s official residence Baluwatar on Monday morning.
The NCP’s secretariat meeting, which was supposed to be held yesterday afternoon, was postponed till Monday morning citing the busy schedule of co-chairs KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal.
Dahal’s Press Advisor, Bishnu Sapkota, told Republica Online that the meeting is expected to make headway over the party’s unification process at the provincial and district levels.
It is learnt that Oli, who is also the prime minister, will brief about the outcomes of his nearly a two-week-long visit to New York and Costa Rica.
Other agendas of the meeting are to review the performance of the government as it has come under fire from the multiple quarters due to its ‘poor performance’ in recent months, party insiders say.
The meeting is taking place at a time when the intra-party rift has reached at its peak after disgruntled Madhav Kumar Nepal and his close leaders expressed his dissatisfaction over the formation of the provincial-level committees bypassing the standing committee. The senior leader called the move as ‘unilateral’ and ‘non-inclusive’.
The Nepal-led faction had convened two separate meetings last week in the Capital in protest of the duo chairmen Oli and Dahal.
The two chairs had decided to nominate 22 office bearers at the party’s local levels when senior leader Nepal was out of the country. Thus, the disgruntled ‘Nepal faction’ of the NCP came heavily against the party leadership.