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NCP dispute spills, leaders agree to issue political document, cabinet reshuffle

By Our Reporter

Secretariat meeting of the ruling Nepal Communist Party held at the Prime Minister’s official residence, Baluwatar last week failed to take any decision due to disputes on the political document of the party and other issues.

The meeting held to resolve the disputed issue of finalising criterion for district in-charges and deputy district in-charges of the party ended without taking any decision. And the meeting has not convened.
The crux of the dispute was the political document after chairman and Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli sought revision in the document.
PM Oli and his close aides like Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokhrel want people’s multiparty democracy propounded by late Madan Bhandari as the political ideology of the communist party, which the leaders from the former Maoist-centre have rejected.
The PM proposal to rewrite the political document has grown enmity between the former UML and former Maoist leaders, because the then UML had agreed to find a middle point during the unification of the two parties about three years ago.
It was said that the relations of the two party chiefs, PM Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal turned sour after PM Oli proposed to rewrite the political document. Many a leader from the former rebel group had objected the proposal to revise the document.
It was also evident from Dahal’s latest speech in which he has been stating that development of Nepal was impossible by bypassing the Nepali Congress. By appreciating the NC, Dahal was clearly exerting pressure on Oli that if he was not given proper space, he would be close to the NC.
Leaders of the NCP loyal to Dahal have been opposing various decisions of the government including the announcement of vacancies for local units, the introduction of the controversial Guthi Bill and the federal budget.
The political document, which has not been made public despite demand from the former Maoists, has taken a middle path, proposing “people’s democracy”–dropping “multiparty” from the UML’s original ideology–as the unified party’s line until the unity convention. The party has proposed a unity convention two years after the merger.
The former Maoists, who waged the decade-long “people’s war”, have been calling for making an upgraded version of the “21st-century people’s democracy” and the UML’s “people’s “multi-party democracy” the new party’s ideology.
Besides, differences have arisen on several issues including the Guthi Bill which pushed the party in a defensive position.

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