CPN-UML Chairperson KP Sharma Oli. File photo: Republica
KATHMANDU, March 26: A section of parliamentarians belonging to the Madhav Kumar Nepal-led faction of the ruling Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) are also joining the party's parliamentary party meeting called by Chairperson KP Sharma Oli this afternoon.
According to Surendra Pandey, a leader belonging to the Nepal-led faction, some parliamentarians belonging to their faction including himself are attending the parliamentary party meeting. However, Madhav Kumar Nepal is not joining today's meeting called by Oli.
Chairperson Oli, who is also the prime minister, called the party's parliamentary party meeting at 3PM today, according to Bishal Bhattarai, a leader of the party who was recently made the party's chief whip.
The meeting is being held at the official residence of the prime minister in Baluwatar, according to Bhattarai.
Earlier last week, the Madhav Kumar Nepal-led faction of the party boycotted the parliamentary party meeting while taking strong exception to the "unilateral decisions" made by the Oli-led faction.
The meeting is going to take place at a time when the dispute within the ruling party is at its peak owing to factional feud. The two factions led by KP Sharma Oli and Madhav Kumar Nepal are at loggerheads over a host of intraparty issues.
The Oli-led faction has taken a series of actions against the Madhav Kumar Nepal-led faction which was earlier taking side with the Dahal-led faction when the Nepal Communist Party existed until the Supreme Court's verdict to invalidate the NCP.
Despite strong warnings and threats from Chairperson KP Sharma Oli, the Madhav Kumar Nepal-led faction has continued its parallel activities in recent weeks. With the growing squabbling between the two factions, the ruling CPN-UML is on the verge of a split.