Ruling party task force recommends Oli lead government, Dahal partyThe six-member committee calls for a Cabinet reshuffle at the centre and in the provinces to end conflict, but suggestions are non-binding.
The six-member task force assigned to suggest ways to resolve differences between top leaders of the ruling Nepal Communist Party has suggested that Prime Minister KP Shama Oli focus on running the government and his party co-chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal on the party as its executive chairman.
A reshuffle of the Cabinet and changes in the provincial governments run by the party have also been suggested, a task force member said.
“The demand for Oli’s resignation has now subsided,” said a member of the task force. “Now the stalled Standing Committee will discuss the suggestions and endorse them, with or without corrections.”
The party must work on convening its national convention to seal the merger between the then UML and the Maoist party as scheduled by the Central Committee, and endorse the Millennium Challenge Corporation compact as suggested by the panel formed to look into it, he added, requesting anonymity. The panel has also suggested the party to conclude the remaining tasks of the peace process.
The six-member task force handed its report to the co-chairs on Saturday despite Dahal’s concerns over political nominations the Oli Cabinet made last week without consulting the party.
The report will be presented before the party’s Secretariat along with the opinion of the two chairpersons, and then to the ongoing Standing Committee meeting, which remains stalled since July 28.
The long-standing dispute within the party over Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s conduct and demands that he step down either from the post of co-chair or prime minister had made leaders scramble to save party unity. It had also affected governance.
There are also differences within the party over the ratification of the Millennium Challenge Corporation Nepal Compact with Oli calling in favour of ratification and the opposition faction calling for a revision of the agreement before its ratification.
The task force has also suggested that the recommendations of the three-member committee led by senior leader Jhalanath Khanal be endorsed. The committee had suggested that the compact shouldn’t be ratified in its present form.
“Now the report will be discussed at the party’s secretariat and Standing Committee,”said Bishnu Sapkota, press advisor to Dahal
The six-member panel led by party general secretary Bishnu Poudel comprised two members each from the three factions in the party.
The Standing Committee meeting, which started on June 24, was stalled after the party chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal-led faction held its meeting in Baluwatar unilaterally on July 28 even after chairman KP Sharma Oli called off the meeting.