KATHMANDU, May 7: The Nepal Communist Party’s (NCP) intra-party dispute that seemingly came to an end has surfaced again after Prime Minister and the party's Chairman KP Sharma Oli expressed his unwillingness to convene a meeting of the party's Standing Committee.

KATHMANDU, May 2: A meeting of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Secretariat has decided to elect the party's Vice-chairman Bamdev Gautam to the House of Representatives “at an appropriate time”.

KATHMANDU, May 2: Amid growing intra-party rifts, a meeting of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Secretariat is taking place this evening.

Worst is yet to come

April 30, 2020 16:21 pm

Until April 20, when the government issued two infamous ordinances to change the existing laws regarding political parties and the constitutional council, before the alleged “abduction” of a lawmaker to break a fringe party apart became public, Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli still had something to fall back on. Because he has had a critical kidney transplant surgery recently, there was some sympathy for him. The Covid-19 pandemic, which is ravaging the world, was overshadowing the issues of government accountability. There was a space for him to rethink the way he is governing.

KATHMANDU, April 21: The central secretariat meeting of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) ended without consensus between the two rival factions on the issue of two ordinances forwarded by the government to President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Monday afternoon.

KATHMANDU, April 20: An emergency meeting of the ruling Nepal Communist Party's central secretariat is taking place shortly.

KATHMANDU, March 11: Federal Parliament's Parliamentary Hearing Committee has proceeded ahead with the hearing of the proposed ambassador to the People's Republic of China, Mahendra Bahadur Pandey.

KATHMANDU, March 11: Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal has condemned an explosion of an improvised explosive device (IED) near the private residence of former Minister Gokul Prasad Baskota at Bhaktapur this morning.

Bungling on MCC

March 10, 2020 11:00 am

Ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) leaders look headed toward scuttling the 500 million dollar American grant largely on the basis of misinformation and rhetoric. NCP has remained a divided house on Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) grant assistance of the US government. While a section of leaders, mostly representing former UML, has stood in favour of endorsing MCC agreement from the parliament, those aligned with former Maoist faction seem resolutely opposed to the idea. It was hoped that the task force formed by NCP to study the matter and make the recommendations to the government would come up with the needed solution. It did not. As a matter fact, the task force, which submitted its recommendations to the government on February 21, seems to have made the matters worse, when it suggested that the government should not endorse MCC without revising the contract.  The government has been hesitant to even start deliberations on MCC after the task force submitted its report.

CHITWAN, March 8: Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has asked the party cadres not to get disturbed from the minor misunderstandings surfaced at the party's top leadership.

KATHMANDU, March 6: Nepal Communist Party (NCP) senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal today visited Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) and wished him good health, said Prime Minister's press advisor Surya Thapa.

KATHMANDU, March 5: With the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) unable to fill one of the 19 National Assembly seats, 18 newly-elected upper house members attended the parliament meeting on Wednesday.

Delusion of governance

March 1, 2020 10:06 am

The government of KP Oli completed its two years on February 15.  During the elections in 2017, the left alliance composed of CPN(UML) and CPN(Maoist Center), which merged into Nepal Communist Party (NCP) later on,  had unveiled many two-year and five-year plans, in its election manifesto. It won the elections based on those plans and promises.

KATHMANDU, Feb 25: Parliamentarian Sarita Giri on Tuesday accused the ruling Nepal Communist Party of promoting corruption in the country.

POKHARA, Feb 25: Prime Minister KP Oli has accused opposition forces of inciting leaders within the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) to make the current government unsuccessful.

LISBON, Feb 24:  Minister for Foreign Affairs and Nepal Communist Party (NCP) standing committee member Pradeep Kumar Gyawali has said no one is excused for indulging in corruption and illegal commission game.

SURKHET, Feb 24: Chairperson of Rashtriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) Kamal Thapa, today said ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has unnecessarily picked disputes regarding the US Millennium Challenge Corporation, thus creating unnecessary doubts about the project.

PM Oli in Pokhara

February 24, 2020 14:41 pm

POKHARA, Feb 24: Chairman of Nepal Communist Party (NCP) and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has arrived Pokhara to attend a training of the party.

PM Oli and chairman Dahal meet

February 24, 2020 13:45 pm

KATHMANDU, Feb 24: Prime Minister and Nepal Communist Party (NCP) chairman KP Sharma Oli and another chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' have held a meeting at former's official residence at Baluwatar this morning.

CHITWAN, Feb 22: Chairman of ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to be funded by the US government would be endorsed after making necessary amendments.

KATHMANDU, Feb 21: Taskforce formed to study on a grant scheme by the US Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is likely to submit its report to the chairperson duo KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal later today.

ITAHARI, Feb 18: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is scheduled to celebrate his birthday at his birthplace at Iwa of Aathrai rural municipality in Tehrathum district on Falgun 11 (February 23, 2020).

BHARATPUR, Feb 14: Nepal Communist Party chair and former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' on Thursday inaugurated the newly-constructed 'Umbrella Street' at Bharatpur metropolis-22, Patihani.

HETAUDA, Feb 12: Rameshwor Phuyal has been appointed the physical infrastructure development minister for the Bagmati state government.

ITAHARI, Feb 6: The position of Whip of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) of province 1 has been vacant for ten months.

KATHMANDU, Feb 6: Newly-appointed British Ambassador to Nepal Nicola Pollitt paid a courtesy call on Nepal Communist Party Chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda'.

KATHMANDU, Feb 4: Prime Minister and Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Chair KP Sharma Oli has claimed no party other than the ruling NCP can work in an objective manner for justice, equality and prosperity.

GULMI, Feb 4: Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali has said whatever things have come out regarding the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) have come in an exaggerated and sponsored way.

KATHMANDU, Feb 1: Concluding that many leaders of the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) have amassed property illegally and are involved in corruption, a section of leaders of the party has strongly demanded that all their leaders disclose their property details. Also, they have demanded that the party form a powerful commission to probe their property.

NCP seeks consensus on MCC

January 31, 2020 08:27 am

KATHMANDU, Jan 31: As the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) continues to be divide over the $500 million US grant, party leaders have stressed the need for a common understanding whether to endorse or reject it, before it gets tabled in parliament.

KATHMANDU, Jan 31: Arguing that the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) grant has no link with America’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, Prime Minister KP Oli has pointed out the need to endorse the MCC agreement through parliament at the earliest possible.

KATHMANDU, Jan 29: Executive chairperson of the ruling Nepal Communist Party Pushpa Kamal Dahal has proposed to hold the party's general convention from April 7 to 12, 2021.

KATHMANDU, Jan 29: A central committee meeting of the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) began at City Hall in the capital on Wednesday morning.

KATHMANDU, Jan 28: A central committee meeting of the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) is starting from Wednesday, with all eyes on how the ruling party will deal with some thorny issues, including the party’s position on the $500 million MCC grant being dangled by the USA.

NCP sweeps upper house elections

January 24, 2020 08:00 am

KATHMANDU, Jan 24: The ruling Nepal Communist Party clean swept the election for 18-member upper house elections Thursday.

KATHMANDU, Jan 22, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Ishwar Pokharel has admitted that the government has not been able to carry out its activities in a well-organized manner.

KATHMANDU, Jan 22: Expressing serious concerns over the decision of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) to field murder-accused Agni Prasad Sapkota as candidate for House Speaker, a group of civil society leaders on Tuesday urged the ruling party, the government and political leadership concerned not to elect him to the post.

KATHMANDU, Jan 22: Nepal Communist Party (NCP) leader Agni Prasad Sapkota is all set to be elected speaker of the lower house of parliament unopposed as no other lawmaker contested against his candidacy.

KATHMANDU, Jan 21: Leader Agni Prasad Sapkota from the ruling Nepal Communist Party has registered his candidacy to the post of Speaker. Sapkota registered his candidacy this afternoon at Lhotse Hall of Federal parliament Building, New Baneshwor.

Wrong pick

January 21, 2020 08:00 am

Ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has made a mockery of rule of law and justice, sent a troubling message and set a disturbing precedent by fielding Agni Prasad Sapkota for speaker of the House of Representatives. This is the decision that will have long-term repercussions in party’s image and is going to further erode credibility of the government. Agni Sapkota is a wrong choice for the prestigious post of the speaker for one big reason. He has been accused of murdering a schoolteacher in Kavrepalanchowk during the insurgency and the case against him is sub judice at the Supreme Court. Now the ruling NCP is poised to elevate the murder-accused to the post of the speaker. If he had been declared innocent by the court, it would be a different matter but NCP did not show patience to wait for the court’s decision.  Hearing in Sapokata’s case is scheduled for February 5.

KATHMANDU, Jan 21: After weeks-long wrangling between the two chairmen, the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) on Sunday unanimously decided to pick Agni Sapkota – a preferred choice of Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal – as the party’s candidate for the Speaker of the House of Representatives (HoR).

KATHMANDU, Jan 21: Deputy Speaker Shiva Maya Tumbahangphe finally tendered her resignation from the post on Monday afternoon after the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) deciding to contest Agni Prasad Sapkota as its candidate for speaker ending her hope to become new speaker of the parliament.

GALKOT, Jan 19: Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Spokesperson Narayan Kaji Shrestha has said the former UML and Maoist had already become history and the party could no more be operated on a division.

KATHMANDU, Jan 18: The ruling Nepal Communist Party and the main opposition Nepali Congress have inched closer to an understanding to amend the transitional justice (TJ) law by incorporating inputs collected from all seven provinces.

KATHMANDU, Jan 17: The statement of ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal in public that he takes responsibility for the killing of 5,000 people in the course of the decade-long Maoist armed insurgency and that he would secure the early release of someone convicted for the Tikapur massacre has stirred serious debate in the legal fraternity.

KATHMANDU, Jan 17: Expressing concern over prolonged delay in convening the House of Representatives because of differences within the ruling Nepal Communist Party over the choice of a speaker candidate, a group of 17 prominent civil society leaders have urged the parties in power as well as others concerned to work proactively to end the impasse.

Is the party over?

January 15, 2020 08:36 am

Three decades of politics based on party system following the restoration of democracy in 1990 requires some serious introspection. This is particularly pertinent at a time when a single party or amalgamation leading to a large party formation has actually put the country at an important crossroads. Nepal Communist Party (NCP) formed following the merger of former CPN (UML) and former Maoist (Center) has a historic opportunity before them.

KATHMANDU, Jan 15: The ongoing row over the post of House Speaker has ignited a serious dispute within the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), with the leaders belonging to former CPN (Maoist Center) alleging that NCP leaders close to Prime Minister KP Oli were making an “unethical bargain”.

KATHMANDU, Jan 11: The ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has decided to seek resignation of Deputy Speaker of the House of the Representatives Shiva Maya Tumbahamphe.

KATHMANDU, Jan 11: Chairman of Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Puspha Kamal Dahal has urged Netra Bikram Led-Praty Biplop not to delay in joining mainstream party in 'Party Entry Program' organized today at head office Dhumbhari.