KATHMANDU, Dec 15: Chairpersons KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal have presented a joint political proposal during the ruling Nepal Communist Party’s standing committee meeting held on Saturday afternoon.
NCP Spokesperson Narayan Kaji Shrestha told Republica Online that the joint document developed by the two chairmen was presented in today’s meeting held at Dhumbarahi-based party headquarters.
“The document primarily contains three major aspects: the first is on the organizational unification process of the unified party, second is reviewing the performance of the incumbent government and party’s functioning and the third one is the future course of the party,” Shrestha said.
Addressing the meeting, Chairman Oli argued that the government under his leadership was doing pretty well for the well-being of the people. "The government has become extraordinary successful so far," Oli told the party leaders.
According to Shrestha, the standing committee members are asked to go through the political dossier prepared by the two chairmen and come up with their views on Monday's meeting.
Meanwhile, NCP’s senior leader Bamdev Gautam has tabled a separate political document during the meeting, according to the spokesperson.
The crucial standing committee meeting has come following continued pressure from senior leaders on prime minister and party chairman Oli to convene the meeting.
The NCP leaders will start deliberation over the political document jointly presented by the two chairmen in the upcoming meeting. The party is expected to finalize the remaining works of the party unification process at the village and district levels.
This is the second meeting of the party’s standing committee after the two major communist parties CPN (United Marxist Leninist) and the CPN Maoist Centre merged and launched the new party in April. Earlier today, the secretariat meeting of the NCP had finalized the main agenda for the party’s standing committee meeting.
The unified party has yet to form its political bureau.
The NCP’s activities have been affected as the unification process could not be completed at the local level and between the various wings of the party. Several leaders of the party have been publicly criticizing the leadership for making them jobless as they weren’t given any defined role in the new unified party.
The intra-party rift has heightened with a section of disgruntled leaders rallying against party chairman Oli accusing him of undermining the dissidents’ voices in the party while leading the party and the government.
Also, party leaders are divided over a number of issues — the government’s poor performance and inaction both in the party and government. The Oli-led government is widely criticized for failing to book the culprits of Nirmala Panta, a 13-year-old girl raped and murdered in Kanchanpur some four months ago and for being closely involved in organizing the Asia Pacific Summit in Kathmandu.