KATHMANDU, March 27: A central committee meeting of the Madhav Kumar Nepal-led faction of the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) is currently underway in Kathmandu.
The meeting is said to be a continuation of Friday's meeting which took place at a party venue in Kalanki.
According to Thakur Gaire, a central committee member of the party, the meeting is being held to chalk out the party's strategy amid heightened dispute within the ruling party owing to a factional feud.
The meeting comes in the face of "growing hegemony" of the Oli-led faction in the ruling party, leaders close to the Nepal-led faction said.
Earlier on Friday, senior leaders of the Madhav Kumar Nepal-led faction including Jhalanath Khanal, Yogesh Bhattarai and Ghanshyam Bhusal joined a parliamentary party meeting of the party called by Chairperson KP Sharma Oli.
During the meeting, Chairperson Oli warned them of taking action for working against party interests.
The rival faction leaders, in response, stressed the need for keeping party unity intact and urged Chairman Oli to work for the same.
They also opined that all unilateral decisions made earlier by Chairperson Oli should be rolled back.
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.