How the strongest communist force in Nepali history came so close to imploding
Oli’s arrogance and Dahal’s ambition have both derailed the Nepal Communist Party so much that it is now on the verge of a split, party insiders and political analysts say.
Oli asks party’s sister organisations to help create a favourable environment for him
Analysts, however, say if Oli had lived up to the people’s expectations, they would have raised their voice in his support.
Confusion reigns in the ruling party as factions remain deadlocked
Talks between rival party chairs Oli and Dahal failed after the former refused to step down in any capacity, neither as party chair nor prime minister.
Questions arise once again over the President’s role in the ruling party
Both Oli and Dahal have met recently with President Bhandari, leading many to ask about the role the non-partisan head of state is currently playing.
A cornered Oli prorogues the House and considers splitting the ruling party
Party insiders say that Oli is planning to reintroduce an ordinance that will make it easier for him to split the party, and is also seeking support from the opposition.
Dahal holds meeting with Oli faction leaders
If Oli fails to abide by party decisions, the Dahal-Nepal faction is likely to up the ante, using Standing Committee to force him to step down
More leaders demand Oli’s resignation at Wednesday Standing Committee meet
After senior party leaders demanded Oli's resignation as both party chair and prime minister, Oli held an early morning meeting with loyalists to chart out a game plan.
Leaders call for Oli’s resignation as both prime minister and party chair
Senior party leaders, including chair Dahal, ask Oli to vacate both positions as his actions have placed the ruling party and government in a difficult position.
Senior ruling party leaders, including Dahal, demand Oli’s resignation
Leaders also sought proof from Oli about his claims that attempts were being made in Kathmandu and Delhi to unseat him.
Observers worry Oli’s statements about an Indian conspiracy could further damage bilateral ties
The prime minister hinting at an Indian conspiracy to unseat him is not befitting the high office and could delay any diplomatic talks over the border dispute, they say.
Nepali Congress calls Central Working Committee meeting to reschedule local-level conventions
The party has not decided whether to postpone the general convention.
Oli skipping meeting in order to avoid criticism is disgraceful, party leaders say
Oli knows that the Standing Committee is preparing to ask him to choose between the prime ministership and the party chair.
Oli skips Standing Committee meeting
The prime minister’s advisor says he had other prior engagements.
Oli scrambles to prevent censure at Standing Committee meet but Dahal remains adamant
Oli realises his position in the party and government is shaky, with a proposal calling for his abdication of at least party chair or prime minister likely to be endorsed.
Ruling party’s Standing Committee meet begins with opening salvos from the two party chairs
Although Wednesday’s meeting did not discuss anything substantial, Oli and Dahal both made speeches blaming the other for failures within the party and the government.
In anticipation of criticism at Wednesday’s Standing Committee, Oli makes overtures to other party factions
Oli has long been avoiding the Standing Committee, where he is in the minority, but he is now scrambling to garner support, especially for the MCC, insiders say.
Ruling party’s virtual meeting with the Chinese Communist Party draws widespread criticism for being ill-timed
Politicians say that such meetings at a time of heightened tensions between India and China will raise questions about Nepal’s commitment to its own non-aligned foreign policy.
Nepal Communist Party holding a virtual workshop with Chinese Communist Party
Ruling party’s Department of Foreign Affairs says it is unaware of the meeting.
With the new map endorsed, Oli braces once again for challenges from within the party
Party leaders had rallied behind Oli to present a united front in the border dispute with India, but they say their patience is fast running out.
President Bhandari authenticates second amendment to the constitution
With passage from both Houses of Parliament and the President’s approval, the new political map is now officially part of the constitution and the national emblem.