Intra-Party Row in UML

Nepal-led faction trashes Oli's six-point proposal, rejects withdrawing signatures from writ petition filed in Supreme Court

Published On: June 8, 2021 06:02 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, June 8: The Madhav Kumar Nepal-led faction of the CPN-UML has rejected the offer made by Chairman K P Oli to revive all party committees prior to May 17, 2018 to save the party unity.

The Nepal-led faction has concluded that the six-point proposal put forth by Oli on Sunday evening harboured an ill-intention to divide their faction and further delay their attempt to take forward the 'communist movement' in new manner. 

"Instead of keeping [party committees] that existed on May 16, 2018, it has been said that they will be in line with his factional interest. This kind of proposal does not seem to have come with an intention to keep the party unity intact. This is simply unacceptable," the Nepal-led faction has said in a statement on Monday evening. 

The Nepal-led faction issued statement after holding a virtual meeting of Standing Committee members close to the faction. The faction has responded to Oli's call for the party unity in six-point. 

Chairman Oli in a statement on Sunday evening had expressed his commitment to revive all party committees that existed before the unification between the UML and CPN (Maoist Center) led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal on May 16, 2018. This was one of the key demands put forth by the Nepal-led faction, which has already started final preparations to split the party, to keep party unity intact. 

Chairman Oli has set a condition for lawmakers close to the Nepal-led faction to withdraw their signatures provided earlier to make Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba a new prime minister. The Nepal-led faction, however, has rejected his proposal to withdraw signatures from the writ petition filed in the Supreme Court to reinstate dissolved House of Representatives, while concluding that Oli's statement nowhere shows his committment to run the party as per the provisions of the party's statute and rules.

The faction has concluded that Oli's proposal to revive the party committees that existed before May 17, 2018 was not aimed at creating conducive environment for the party unity. Among other things, the faction has decided to expedite formation of parallel party committees all across the country in a bid to form a new party. 

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