KATHMANDU, March 7: The Supreme Court has 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 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 apex court has ruled that the existence of UML and Maoist Center now exist as they existed prior to the formation of the NCP. The two parties had announced unification on May 17, 2018
With the apex court’s verdict, the NCP’s 174 seats in parliament will now be divided based on the number of seats won by the UML and Maoist Center prior to their merger into the NCP after the parliamentary election in 2017. The two parties had forged an electoral alliance with an agreement to unify the two parties after the election.
The joint bench, however, has given the opportunity to Oli and Dahal to file an application again to the Election Commission (EC) proposing a different name for their party if they still want to save the party unity.