Ruckus over plan to defang panelsSenior leaders of Nepal Communist Party (NCP) have expressed discontent over the party’s provision in the statute to weaken the autonomous bodies including the Discipline Commission of the party.
Senior leaders of Nepal Communist Party (NCP) have expressed discontent over the party’s provision in the statute to weaken the autonomous bodies including the Discipline Commission of the party.
Former chairperson of the CPN UML’s Discipline Commission Amrit Kumar Bohora and head of the CPN Maoist Centre’s Discipline Commission Amik Sherchan have submitted a letter expressing their discontent.
“We have presented our discontent to the party leadership and are waiting for their response,” said Sherchan. He said he has many more issues that he would reveal after receiving leaders’ response to their letter.
The two senior leaders have refused to continue in the standing committee as invitee members. They have told the leadership to correct the provision in the statute and make the commissions powerful and autonomous.
Citing the new provision of forming such commissions through the central committee, Sherchan said such commissions should be elected through the national convention like the central committee.
Earlier, the discipline commission, in both the communist parties, had the mandate to question the party chairpersons, and was responsible to the national convention, but now the central committee can remove these commissions.
“Earlier the commission could monitor and direct the top leadership of the party, but now their role has been limited,” said Sherchan.
The provision of forming and removing such commissions by the central committee is highly contentious decision.
Senior leaders have expressed serious reservations over the change in their previous status to remain as ex-officio member of the party’s powerful standing committee.
With the new provision, the leaders having immense contribution to their respective parties would have to remain as invitee member of the standing committee.
The leaders are boycotting standing committee meetings. The interim statute had a provision of 31-member discipline commission, but later it was reduced to nine.
“The commission should be allowed to determine its members,” Sherchan said.
The party statute has been distributed to the Standing committee members have received the party statute to study it. The next meeting is expected to endorse it.