Oli, Dahal to face each other’s agendas at today’s Secretariat meeting

Kathmandu, Nepal:

The Dahal-led faction of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) is preparing to present its own seperate strategies at the Secretariat meeting scheduled for 1 pm today.

The Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli-led faction is preparing to pitch for a joint proposal with party Co-chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal, whereas the Dahal-led faction is hoping to take all the documents to the Standing Committee and the Central Committee.

NCP deputy parliamentary party leader Subas Chandra Nembang said that preparing a joint proposal by two co-chairpersons was the best option to bridge the rift in the party.

The two factions fell in a deep ditch after Dahal presented a 19-page proposal in the Secretariat meeting accusing Oli of defying party norms and rules, and failing to run the government, while Oli presented a 38-page rebuttal.

Nembang had said in the last Standing Committee meeting that Dahal had backed the idea of presenting agendas with the consent of the two co-chairpersons to settle intra-party dispute.

If Dahal hasn’t changed his mind, a joint proposal could be prepared to settle the dispute, otherwise things would only get worse, added Nembang.

“Dahal’s 19-page proposal and Oli’s 38-page rebuttal can be kept in the party library and joint proposal should be prepared with the consent of the two co-chairpersons,” he added.

NCP Spokesperson Narayan Kaji Shrestha, who is close to Dahal, said preparing a joint proposal would largely depend on today’s Secretariat meeting.

“If things are not settled at the Secretariat meeting, chances of taking Dahal’s 19-page proposal and Oli’s 38-page rebuttal to the Standing Committee and the Central Committee are high,” added Shrestha.

Nembang, however, said attempts to take the documents to party committees would only divide party leaders and consequently deepen the rift.