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Rift widens in ruling CPN after termination of Thapa-led task force

By Our Reporter
Almost all political parties of Nepal are now facing internal feud and the ruling Communist Party of Nepal has not been an exception.
The CPN, created by merging the then Maoist Centre into the then CPN-UML, that has been exercising to unify their district committees, sister organisations and other lower level party committees has been mired by the internal disputes after its two chairmen Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal dissolved the task force formed to conclude the unity process.
During an extended meeting of the party’s central secretariat held at Kathmandu, party chairman KP Oli and his loyalists had unilaterally announced dissolution of the taskforce, ignoring calls from a section of leaders to give a few more days. Oli had stood in favour of termination arguing that the taskforce had failed to carry out its mandated tasks within the given time. Some taskforce members, including Ram Bahadur Thapa and Bishnu Poudel had backed Oli’s proposal.
After the dissolution of the taskforce, the disgruntled leaders, notably leaders from Madhav Nepal faction, had announced to submit an auxiliary recommendation for merger.
Taskforce member including Yogesh Bhattarai announced their plans to submit an auxiliary recommendation to the party’s secretariat.
It has been nine months since the then CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) announced formation of CPN, but the two sides have not been able to conclude merger of the districts and local committees, especially due to wrangling among various factions. Moreover, it seems the party may face a division before concluding the unification process.

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