KATHMANDU: At a time when the political parties are claiming to garner majority in the upcoming elections of the constituent assembly, they are yet to settle their intra-party differences. The central committee meeting of the CPN-UML which was scheduled to start from Friday has been put off until next month following the intra-party rift.
Party chairman Jhala Nath Khanal decided to postpone the CC meeting by a month following differences with K.P Oli faction over the responsibilities to be given to some central leaders who have been complaining of not getting any role. Additionally, the two factions are divided over the positions to be given to some former UML leaders who are willing to return to the party.
Oli, vice chairperson Bidhya Bhandari, general secretary Ishwor Pokharel and secretary Bishnu Poudel had asked Khanal to start the meeting.
Oli faction has been demanding general convention instead of dividing the duties now or expand the central bodies to induct the newcomers. However Khanal rejected the offer as he has to complete six months at the top post of the party. Oli, who lost the elections with Khanal during the general convention, has been creating obstacles in the internal affairs of party chairperson. Oli faction, which is in majority in the central committee, has been blocking the activities of party chairperson.
The intra-party rift reached to the peak as many senior leaders of the party left the party saying party leadership failed to address their agendas. The Oli faction is trying to utilize this opportunity to raise voice against party chairperson. The Oli faction want to capture the party leadership by holding general convention before the November elections, so that they can give ticket for the elections of the constituent assembly to their near and dear ones.
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