The critical meeting of the ruling Communist Party of Nepal, scheduled for Tuesday to put an end to the disagreements between Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli and the opposing group headed by Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” leader of the Party, has been postponed indefinitely.
The meeting of the 45-member Standing Committee of the Communist Party of Nepal (NCP) was scheduled for 11 a.m.
The two leaders — Prime Minister Oli and Prachanda — need more time for informal consultations to address their differences, said Standing Committee member Ganesh Shah, announcing the postponement of the talks.
Last Wednesday, a brief meeting of the Standing Committee took place at the Prime Minister’s official residence in Baluwatar. The Prime Minister, however, did not attend the conference.
Subsequently, the party agreed to convene another meeting a week later, on July 28, to review its operations, the performance of the government, finalize the division of labour between party cadres and members, and suggest, among other things, a general convention.
Tuesday’s meeting was postponed as the two leaders need some more time to discuss, press advisor to PM Surya Thapa said in a Facebook post.
The date of the next meeting will be determined after the two leaders have held consultations, he said.
A bitter internal feud has erupted in the ruling NCP since the last few weeks after top party members, including Prachanda, called for Oli ‘s resignation, claiming that his recent anti-India remarks were “neither politically correct nor diplomatically acceptable.” They are also against Oli’s autocratic style of functioning.
The disagreements grew further after Oli said that some of the ruling party members are aligning with the southern neighbour to oust him from power after his government released a new political map of the three Indian territories of Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura.
Prachanda said last Monday that attempts were underway to address intra-party disagreements and ruled out an early general convention of the party, as suggested by Prime Minister Oli.
In recent weeks, Oli and Prachanda have held at least eight meetings to address the discrepancies between them. Yet, as the Prime Minister did not recognize the one-man-one-post status, the talks failed. Oli declined to give up his post as prime minister and co-chairman of the NCP.
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