UML's Nepal-led faction forms parallel party committee in Sudurpaschim Province

Published On: April 7, 2021 01:30 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, April 7: The Madhav Kumar Nepal-led faction of the ruling Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) has formed a parallel party committee in Sudurpaschim Province.  

The party's parallel provincial committee was announced under the leadership of Bhim Rawal, according to party leaders.

Rawal, a multi-time cabinet minister, is one of the party's key leaders from Sudurpaschim Province.

The Rawal-led parallel committee comprises Dirgha Sodari (Kailali), Chakra Bahadur Malla (Doti), Tara Tamang (Kanchanpur), Mahadev Bhatta (Baitadi), Gagan Rawal (Bajura), Dil Bahadur Singh (Bajhang) and Sher Bahadur Kunwar (Accham). The faction has yet to designate a member from Darchula district.

The UML's Nepal-led faction's move to establish a parallel committee in Sudurpaschim comes amid a deepening rift within the party due to factional feud.

On April 1, CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli suspended even the ordinary membership of party leaders Bhusal and Pandey, accusing them of carrying out anti-party activities.

Prior to that, Oli took similar actions against senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal and Vice-chairman Bhim Rawal for "working against party interests". 

Miffed at the Oli-led faction's unilateral actions, the Madhav Kumar Nepal-led faction has already held a national gathering of party cadres and leaders in Kathmandu while it shunned the party's parliamentary party meeting and central committee meeting called at the convenience of the rival faction. The Madhav Kumar Nepal-led faction has also already formed the party's parallel committees across the country.

The CPN-UML, which was revived after the Supreme Court's verdict to invalidate the then Nepal Communist Party born out of the merger between the then CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) in 2018, has witnessed a serious rift within the party as the Oli-led faction is taking actions one after another against the leaders of the Madhav Kumar Nepal-led faction accusing them of being involved in factional politics.

On March 12, the Oli-led faction nominated 23 new members to the party’s Central Committee (CC). A meeting of the party’s CC members close to Oli made a decision to nominate 23 former Maoist leaders who chose to join the UML as CC members.

The Oli-led faction has sought clarification from the leaders belonging to the Madhav Kumar Nepal-led faction for getting ‘involved in factional politics by going against the party’s interests’. However, the rival faction has said that the party is facing trouble due to Oli's growing hegemony.

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.

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