December 8, 2018 05:03 PM NPT
KATHMANDU, Dec 8 : Senior leaders of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) on Saturday boycotted the party’s secretariat meeting.
Expressing their dissatisfaction with the party top leadership for not convening the meeting on stipulated time, senior leaders Jhalanath Khanal, Madhav Kumar Nepal, Bamdev Gautam and Narayan Kaji Shrestha shunned the meeting.
The meeting was called for 3 pm at the Prime Minister’s official residence in Baluwatar. However, the senior leaders left the venue after the party’s two chairmen KP Sharma Oli, Pushpa Kamal Dahal and General Secretary Bishnu Poudel did not turn up in the meeting until 3:15 pm.
“We four leaders decided to not attend today’s secretariat meeting as it did not start on the stipulated time (3 pm). We are really disappointed with this kind of behavior of the party leadership. We believe that everybody including the top leadership of the party should be punctual,” NCP Spokesperson Narayan Kaji Shrestha, who boycotted the meeting, told Republica Online.
Earlier, there was an understanding among the party’s secretariat members that the party leaders would wait for their colleagues maximum 15 minutes prior to the commencement of the meeting.
The senior NCP leaders have boycotted the meeting at a time when the intra-party rift has taken a new high due to the party leadership’s reluctance in settling down the party's unification process at the district level.
The party leaders have blamed the prime minister for not being punctual in the party meetings.