Oli calls ministers to Baluwatar and goes to Sheetal Niwas to meet PresidentDevelopments come amid rising tensions in the ruling party, which is on the verge of split.
Amid tensions in the ruling Nepal Communist Party, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has called all his ministers to Baluwatar and gone to Sheetal Niwas to meet President Bidya Devi Bhandari.
“The prime minister is holding discussions with the President now,” said Bhesh Raj Adhikari, the president’s personal secretary.
He, however, said he was not aware of the agenda of the meeting.
Oli’s visit to Sheetwal Niwas and his invitation to all his ministers to Baluwatar come at a time when speculations are rife that he could bring an ordinance to split the party after coming under intense pressure to step down both as party chair and prime minister.
The government on Thursday recommended that the President prorogue the House session, prompting concerns if Oli was planning to introduce an ordinance to split the party. The recommendation was swiftly approved by the President.
A three-hour-long meeting between Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal, the other chair, on Friday had ended without any conclusion, as both stuck to their guns. The Dahal faction has upped the ante, demanding that Oli resign as party chair and prime minister.
Oli, however, has refused to budge, saying he would go for a party split rather than resign.