New Party CPN (UML) Applies For Registration, As The Change Of Government Looms Large In Nepal
Staff Writer, KATHMANDU:- The last few days in the Nepalese politics have been marked as the days of tumults and hoo-ha for the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), as a new political party – the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) or CPN (UML) has applied for a registration at the Election Commission, while talks are rife in the market about a change of the government, as well as an impending vertical split in the ruling party.
The CPN (UML)’s application to be recognized as a political party has been approved at the Election Commission, while party registration works are still underway. The CPN (UML) has named Sandhya Bhandari – who is from Biratnagar – as its chairperson. Likewise, Bhagwati Khadka of Ramechhap is the vice-chairman and Manish Upadhyay of Janakpur is the general secretary.
CPN (UML) was the official name of the party that united with the then CPN (Maoist) to form a single Nepal Communist Party (NCP), which managed to notch a two-third parliamentary majority and thereby form a government in the last general election.
Analysts say all the political developments in Nepal are actually part of a ploy against Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli by his party opponents, who do not like PM Oli supporting the US-Nepal Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) development project to be implemented in Nepal.
“PM Oli wanted to end the monopoly of China and India in Nepal by implementing the US-owned MCC Project. He was pretty firm on his stand against the acts of corruption by his fellow party comrades. His party opponents did not like these initiatives and are now conspiring to remove PM Oli from his post,” said the highly-placed sources.
Currently, party leaders Madhav Kumar Nepal, Prachanda, Jhalanath Khanal and Bhim Rawal, among others, have set up an “anti-Oli camp”, whose objective is to pave way for the formation of a new government, once PM Oli steps down voluntarily or by force.
Madhav Kumar Nepal fears that his previous acts of alleged corruption may lead him to jail, while Prachanda is scared of being dragged to the Hague Criminal Court for killing thousands of people in the so-called “People’s War.” Prachanda is also fearful for his alleged involvement in the corruption of millions of dollars, when temporary cantonments were set up to keep the then Maoist militia in those camps as a part of as a part of a peace process and integration, the analysts observe.
As for the external factors, India was already against PM KP Oli for his nationalist stand. PM Oli was gutsy enough to include the Nepalese territories of Limpiadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani back to its official map, while they still remain under the Indian control. For China’s part, China was not happy that PM Oli supported the United States’ MCC Project, which could potentially end the Chinese monopoly in Nepal affairs, say the analysts.
Meanwhile, more than 30 politburo members of NCP have attended a meeting of the anti-Oli Camp summoned at Jhamsikhel of Lalitpur on Tuesday.
In the meeting, party co-chairman Prachanda demanded that PM Oli should resign from both his posts of the prime minister as well as the party co-chair at the earliest.
“The way the incumbent government is working, it is not by any means satisfactory. It is better to step down for PM Oli and facilitate formation of a new government,” Prachanda was quoted as saying in the meeting, according to a NCP leader, who did not want to be named.
“Prachanda is dreaming that he could become the prime minister again with the help of India and also by winning the support of the opposition parties including Nepali Congress and Madhes-centric Janata Samajbadi Party,” the source further said. “It is, however, yet to be seen how the politics of Nepal unfolds amid multiple stakeholders trying to pull the strings in their own favors.”