As ruling party prepares for secretariat meeting, leaders are confused about what’s nextInsiders say the top leaders are playing cards close to their chests.
With the party co-chairs holding hours-long meetings as a preparation to conclude remaining tasks of the party unification, all eyes are trained on Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s move.
While the leaders are eagerly expecting Oli’s new moves, Oli and his Co-chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal are preparing to call the party’s secretariat meeting in a couple of days.
The two top leaders have been meeting for hours every day since Oli returned home after two weeks-long treatment in Singapore, according to party insiders.
Though Oli’s physician Dibya Singh had told the media that the prime minister could now resume his daily tasks as the executive head, her latest statement, however, has left everyone confused. Singh has now suggested that the prime minister might need rest for some more days.
Many ruling party leaders believe that the party’s internal dynamics—as well as the government’s fate—would largely depend on the health condition of the prime minister.
After altercations with senior leader Madhav Nepal for refusing to accept his well-wishes for good health, Oli has yet to call him for consultations even though he has already held discussions with almost all the secretariat members.
The party is yet to finalise its discipline commission, audit commission, foreign committee, elderly communist forum, besides completing the party’s central departments and sister wings.
“The role of Dahal will depend on Oli. If Oli allows, Dahal will get the authority to run the party,” said Surya Thapa, a central member close to Ishwor Pokhrel, a secretariat member. “But the issue of work division is not an agenda now. So I don’t think Dahal’s role will be discussed in the next secretariat meeting.”
However, leaders close to Dahal are hopeful that Oli will allow him to run the party.
“We think there won’t be any change in earlier agreement on allowing Dahal to lead the party,” said a member in Dahal’s secretariat, requesting anonymity. “Oli will now focus on the government.”