Oli, Dahal agree to convene NCP Standing Committee meeting on September 11

Published On: September 7, 2020 01:45 PM NPT

KATHMANDU, Sept 7: The standing committee meeting of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) is scheduled to be held on September 11, according to Prime Minister KP Oli's Press Adviser Surya Thapa.

Chairman of NCP and Prime Minister KP Oli and executive chairman of the party, Pushpa Kamal Dahal agreed to hold the meeting after a hiatus of over two months during their meeting at the prime minister's official residence in Baluwatar on Monday morning. The party's General Secretary Bisnu Paudel was present in the meeting.

The ongoing standing committee meeting was cancelled on July 28 after Chairman Dahal and other rival faction leaders sought Oli’s resignation from the posts of both prime minister and party chairman.  PM Oli, however, skipped that meeting.

The two leaders had later agreed to form a six-member task force headed by the party's General Secretary Paudel to recommend ways to settle the intra-party differences. 

Sources said  the meeting between Oli and Dahal took place after General Secretary Paudel and Chief Minister of Province 5, Shankar Pokharel -- two leaders close to Prime Minister Oli --  held a meeting with Chairman Dahal at the latter's residence in Khumaltar on Saturday.

The meeting reportedly dwelled on the content of the report submitted by the six-member task force formed earlier by the party to settle the intra-party rift seen within the party and convene the standing committee meeting at the earliest.

Sources said Executive Chairman Dahal had complained that the report had failed to clearly state the role of the executive chairman in the functioning of the party. The leaders are believed to have discussed an impending cabinet reshuffle as well. 

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