To shutter the rumours about the turmoil within the Nepal Communist Party, its leaders launched a signature-gathering drive on Sunday to demonstrate their ‘unity.’ About 63 MLAs from the NCP, which witnessed speculations about the friction between factions of PM Oli and President Prachanda, launched a drive to collect signatures from 90 members of the ruling party.
One of the signatories to the campaign, Ram Kumari Jhakri, spoke to news agency ANI regarding the campaign saying, “While setting up this small group, the first criteria we set was not to include any of sitting ministers and the Standing Committee meeting which is going on, members of the committee also would not be entertained.”
“We did so because they have to express their opinion during the Standing Committee Meeting and our group also has some Code of Conducts too, in order to facilitate them during their presentation we thought of keeping them away from it,” Kumari Jhakri said.
“In order to split a party or unify it, a leader’s power is tested on parliament. As they ( NCP leaders) would provide their signatures for the campaign, a clear message will be sent that Parliamentary Committee is against the split, making them go ahead discussing agendas following the legal system,” claimed Jhakri.
The factionalism in the Communist Party of Nepal seems to have only intensified in recent times, with senior party members seeking the resignation of KP Oli as Prime Minister in his recent decisions, as well as his handling of the Himalayan nation’s COVID-19 crisis.
Oli was also under fire for his ‘anti-India’ remarks and his bogus new political map of the top NCP leaders, including former prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda, demanding his resignation, stating that his comments were ‘neither politically correct nor diplomatically acceptable.’
In order to avoid any sort of criticism, Oli continued to postpone the meeting of the Central Standing Committee, which began on 24 June, in order to avoid criticism of him. While the party duo chairs have held a number of rounds of meetings, no definitive decision has been taken on the matter so far.