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PM Oli-Prachanda Reach Tentative Understanding To Resolve Party Disputes

Leader Duo Agree To Hold NCP General Convention In November-December
(Prime Minister and Chairman KP Sharma Oli and Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda at a meeting of the Secretariat of the Nepal Communist Party, (NCP) held at the PM’s residence in Baluwatar on Saturday. Photo: Courtesy: PM’s Private Secretariat)

N24 Staff Writer, KATHMANDU:- In what appears apparently as an initial breakthrough, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and his party co-chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” have agreed to resolve the internal disputes of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), as the two leaders agreed to call the party’s General Convention in the Nepali month of Mangsir, 2077 BS (November/December 2020) in around four to five months.

After rounds of informal meeting between PM Oli and Prachanda followed by the meeting of NCP’s Secretariat, the two leaders went to President Bidya Devi Bhandari’s office in Shital Niwas and briefed her about the understanding they managed to reach finally, according to sources.

“During various rounds of talks, PM Oli proposed to Prachanda that he wants to hand over the party leadership through a General Convention, which would be the appropriate forum to provide an outlet to the ongoing crisis,” said the sources.

As per the understanding, PM Oli will continue to serve as the head of the government, while the party leadership will be awarded to the leader to be endorsed by the General Convention, it is learned.

Along with Prachanda, PM Oli has the support of three more Secretariat members – Ishwor Pokhrel, Ram Bahadur Thapa “Badal” and General Secretary Bishnu Poudel.

With this new equation, in the 9-member Secretariat Committee, PM Oli has now a majority support of five members, but is still opposed by four members – Madhav Kumar Nepal, Jhalanath Khanal, Bamdev Gautam and Narayan Kaji Shrestha.

“We need a written copy of an agreement, if anything like an agreement is signed or going to be signed between two party chairmen PM Oli and Prachanda,” the four opponents were quoted as saying in the meeting.

During the meeting, PM Oli stressed that NCP should remain united and nobody should every try to split it.

“We have been very clearly saying that the NCP’s General Convention will be held in Chaitra 2077 BS (March / April 2021). I would like to emphasis that, if it is possible let’s organize the Convention in Mangsir 2077 BS (November / December 2020), endorse our new party leadership and resolve all our outstanding issues,” PM Oli was quoted as saying in the secretariat meeting.

Party co-chair Prachanda, during his address to the meeting, supported PM Oli’s proposal and said that he has already quit his agenda of becoming prime minister turn by turn and that he stands for a General Convention now.

“Only a General Convention would be able to provide a solution to the current stalemate,” Prachanda was quoted as saying in the meeting.

As per Clause 17 of NCP’s Interim Statute, the party’s Central Committee will have the authority to convene a General Convention. The Statute further says that the party convention will be held within two years of the statute coming into effect.

The current party statute was issued on May 15, 2018 and the General Convention had to be called by May 14, 2020.

“Owing to the lackluster responses of NCP leaders, the General Convention continued prolonging. Now that PM Oli himself is serious about calling the General Convention, we can be hopeful that the Convention will be held soon in the stipulated time,” said a party source.

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