Dahal-Nepal faction of the Nepal Communist Party holding its Parliamentary Party meeting, a day ahead of the Oli faction’s meetingBoth factions are holding meetings of their Parliamentary Party in the lead up to the House meeting, which is set to commence on Sunday.
The Nepal Communist Party (Dahal-Nepal faction) is holding a meeting of its Parliamentary Party.
The Dahal-Nepal faction’s Parliamentary Party meeting on Friday comes a day before a Parliamentary Party meeting of the Oli faction.
“Our meeting has started at our Parliamentary Party office in Singha Durbar,” said Pampha Bhusal, a lawmaker from the Dahal-Nepal faction.
Bhusal said besides contemporary politics, the meeting will focus on the House meeting that is set to commence on Sunday.
The President on March 1 summoned the House meeting for Sunday, days after the Supreme Court overturned Oli’s decision to dissolve the House, which led to the split in the Nepal Communist Party.
Both the factions led by Oli as well as Dahal and Nepal have been staking claims to the Nepal Communist Party and they say they have a majority of members–in the Central Committee and Parliamentary Party.
The Dahal-Nepal faction’s Parliamentary Party is taking place two days after it ousted Subhas Nembang as the deputy leader of the Parliamentary Party. Earlier on December 23, the Dahal-Nepal faction had elected Dahal as the Parliamentary Party leader, a day after the Nepali Communist Party politically split, removing Oli as the Parliamentary Party leader.
Later on January 24, the Dahal faction ousted Oli as a general member of the party.
The Dahal-Nepal faction’s decision on March 3 to remove Nembang as the deputy leader of the Parliamentary Party and Shanta Chaudhary as the whip came in response to Oli faction’s move of appointing Bishal Bhattarai in place of Dev Gurung as chief whip on February 26.
Gurung belongs to the Dahal-Nepal faction.
On Thursday, the Dahal-Nepal faction had written to the Parliament Secretariat, urging it not to recognise Oli as the Parliamentary Party leader.
When the Nepal Communist Party came to power, it had 174 members. It currently has 172 members. Agni Sapkota was elected as the House Speaker in January last year and one member died.
The members, however, are now divided between the two factions.