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PM Oli, Prachanda Exchange ‘Love Letters’, Albeit With A Bitter Tone

Of late, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and his rival co-chair of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” have been literally exchanging “love letters” urging each other to change oneself. It is, however, not sure who will change their course of action in the tussle for power and politics.
( File: Leaders of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) including Chairman KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ at a secretariat meeting held at the Prime Minister’s residence in Baluwatar on Friday. 13 November 2020. Photo: Courtesy: PM’s Private Secretariat, RSS)

By N24 Staff Writer, KATHMANDU:- The internal party dispute of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has been taking a new turn as its two chairpersons – instead of locking their horns as they used to do before – are sending “sugar-coated bitter letters” to each other.

On Tuesday, November 10, 2020, PM Oli sent a 10-page letter to Prachanda, following which, PM Oli handed over a 7-page letter to Prachanda on Friday, November 13, 2020.

Earlier, on Saturday, November 7, 2020, five leaders of NCP secretariat approached PM Oli and furnished a 2-page letter demanding a party meeting at the earliest. PM Oli replied to this letter on Thursday, November 12, 2020.

In his letters, Prachanda basically wanted PM Oli to call a party meeting, commit to some “sacrifice” and ultimately step down from the post of prime minister.

“You have been faking around and trying to hide the truth. You did not consult me and party during cabinet reshuffle and appointment of the ambassadors,” Prachanda said in his letters.

PM Oli retorted to Prachanda’s letters saying that the cabinet was reshuffled only after consultation within the party rank. “Controversies have been forcefully created inside the party owing to the unfulfilled ambitions of some top party leaders,” PM Oli said in his letters.

Meanwhile, in the NCP’s secretariat meeting in Baluwatar on Friday, Prachanda defined and explained what he called as the “Oli attitude”.

“Comrade KP Sharma Oli has proved that he is extremely individualistic and factionalist and that he did not respect the understanding reached during the party unity of the then CPN (UML) and NCP (Maoist). This is what I call the Oli attitude,” Prachanda said.

Prachanda also demanded a meeting of NCP’s central committee, to which PM Oli said it was not necessary.

“We do not need to take the agenda we discussed here in the secretariat meeting. Let’s try to find out solutions of the major issues at the top level before we take it to the mass level,” PM Oli said.
Analysts expect that the exchange of letters and verbal arguments will continue for some time before PM Oli and Prachanda either reach to a logical conclusion, or just stop talking abruptly.

“The party unity between the then UML and Maoists was a technical unity meant only for a political gain. Oli and Prachanda never liked each other and this history goes back to the hideout days of Prachanda in the 1990s. The current situation is just a continuation of what they think of each other, honestly,” said an analyst who did not want to be named.

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