UML forms taskforce to end intra-party row

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Dec 11, 2014-

CPN-UML has formed a two-member taskforce to resolve the dispute concerning the criteria for central leaders to contest in the party’s politburo positions.

The taskforce comprising UML Vice-chairman Bhim Rawal and General Secretary Ishwor Pokharel has been mandated to come up with an amicable solution and present it at the meeting of the party’s office bearers on Friday. The UML leadership plans to elect politburo if the two factions, one led by party Chairman KP Sharma Oli and another headed by senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal, agree with the recommendations made by the taskforce.

“Both consensus and election process are open for electing politburo. It’s okay, if the leaders agree to pick politburo members through consensus. Otherwise, we will go for election,” UML Secretary Prithivi Subba Gurung said on Thursday.

Party sources said chances are less likely that politburo would be formed through consensus, as both the factions are trying to gain majority in the party.

The selection of party’s politburo and standing committee members have been delayed due to the row over candidates’ criteria between Oli and Nepal

Nepal has accused Chairman Oli of expunging the provision that required the candidates for politburo seats to have spent at least one full term as central committee members, as enshrined in the party’s statute endorsed by the ninth UML national general convention in July.  Nepal had submitted a memorandum at the party headquarters, registering his disagreement.

 In Thursday’s meeting, Oli said that if he had committed any mistakes then he was ready to correct them. He also urged the party leaders to adopt flexibility to resolve the ongoing dispute.

The feud between Oli and Nepal has gotten worse since the two leaders contested for the UML leadership in the national general convention. Oli’s leadership has faced many criticisms from the Nepal faction, particularly when he picked the candidates for ministers, lawmakers, and office bearers at Parliamentary Party.

“I have decided my on own in the past as there was no party mechanisms like politburo and standing committee,” said Oli in his defence. “Let’s first form the party mechanisms so that we can decided there.”


Published: 12-12-2014 10:37

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