KATHMANDU, March 18: The rival faction of the ruling CPN-UML led by Madhav Kumar Nepal and Jhala Nath Khanal has decided to form parallel party committees across the country.
The Nepal-Khanal-led faction decided to form the parallel party committees alleging that Prime Minister K P Oli was bent on splitting the UML. The decision was taken after the conclusion of the two-day national gathering of the party leaders and cadres close to the faction held in Lalitpur.
The faction maintained that their decision to revive the party committees comes in line with the verdict of Supreme Court to recognize the party committee that existed before May 16, 2018. Over 4,000 party leaders and cadres from across the country participated in the national gathering held in Lalitpur.
Addressing the concluding ceremony of the two-day gathering on Thursday, Deputy General Secretary Ghanashyam Bhusal said that they will now revve the party's sister's organization and party committee that existed before May 16, 2028.
Bhusal said that although most of the party committees are led by the leaders close to their faction they had to face defeat in some of the party committees during the last general convention. He said that they will form the party committee of their faction under the leadership of those who had faced defeat in the last general election. "We are authentic. Their's are parallel committees. They represent faction," he said, while indicating the unilateral decision of Chairman K P Oli to form some committees recently.
Bhusal also claimed that the UML party can be saved only if they revived their committees across the country. He argued that this could also keep Oli's arrogance and haughtiness in check in the days to come.
The Supreme Court on March 7 had invalidated the unification between the erstwhile CPN-UML led by KP Oli and CPN (Maoist Center) led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal that took place some three years ago.
A joint bench of justices Kumar Regmi and Bam Kumar Shrestha had issued the verdict giving authenticity of the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) to Rishi Kattel, who had registered the party at the Election Commission (EC) in his name prior to the formation of Nepal Communist Party (NCP) led by Oli and Dahal.
The national gathering of Nepal-Khanal-led faction of the UML concluded after endorsing a 17-point proposal. Among other things, the gathering welcomed the verdict of Supreme Court to reinstate the dissolved House of Representatives, but rejected its latest verdict to invalidate the unification between the erstwhile CPN-UML led by Oli and CPN (Maoist Center) led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal.