Dis­pute in the rul­ing CPN deep­ens

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In­ter­nal feud in the rul­ing Com­mu­nist Party of Nepal (CPN) has spilled over when both the chair­men of the party were out of the coun­try. When Prime Min­is­ter and party chair K. P. Sharma Oli was in New York to at­tend the 73rd session of the United Na­tions Gen­eral As­sem­bly and an­other chair Pushpa Ka­mal Da­hal was in Sing­pore, se­nior leader and for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Madahv Ku­mar Nepal opened fire against the party lead­er­ship by se­verely crit­i­cis­ing the poor per­for­mance of the pow­er­ful com­mu­nist govern­ment He chal­lenged the lead­er­ship while ad­dress­ing the par­lia­ment meet­ing as well as a func­tion at­tended by se­nior party lead­ers. The in­tra-party dis­putes that sur­faced af­ter se­nior leader Mad­hav Ku­mar Nepal vented his ire against the poor per­for­mance of the govern­ment has es­ca­lated fur­ther with the Prime Min­is­ter’s aides and ju­nior lead­ers join­ing the mud­sling­ing games. When PM’s press ad­vi­sor Dr. Kun­dan Aryal and oth­ers tried to de­fend the re­marks of the Prime Min­is­ter, lead­ers like Yo­gesh Bhat­tarai and Ja­gan­nath Khati­wada con­tin­ued to crit­i­cise the govern­ment and the party lead­er­ship. The so­cial sites are full of re­marks made by the close aides of Prime Min­is­ter KP Oli and those close to leader Nepal, lead­ing to fur­ther con­fronta­tion be­tween the es­tab­lish­ment and Nepal-led fac­tion. Although both PM Oli and an­other chair Da­hal tried to con­sole Nepal by tele­phon­ing him, the row

has not been re­solved. Party in­sid­ers say se­nior leader Nepal is an­gry with party chair­man and Prime Min­is­ter Oli as the cru­cial de­ci­sion to form the party's provin­cial com­mit­tees and pick their in-charges was taken when Nepal was in Ghana to at­tend the Pan Africa Con­fer­ence on Anti-im­pe­ri­al­ism and Cap­i­tal­ism. Nepal fac­tion is also dis­sat­is­fied af­ter the Oli fac­tion de­lib­er­ately by­passed the Nepal fac­tion lead­ers from nom­i­na­tions in the name of elect­ing all women chair­per­sons in the par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tees. Yo­gesh Bhat­tarai and Ghan­shyam Bhusal, who are seen close to the Nepal fac­tion, were strong con­tenders for the heads of par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tees. In the case of the nom­i­na­tion of Provin­cial Com­mit­tee of­fice bear­ers and their in-charges, chair­men duo Oli and Pushpa Ka­mal Da­hal had taken the de­ci­sion against the pre­vi­ous un­der­stand­ing reached among top lead­ers to take the de­ci­sion through a Stand­ing Com­mit­tee meet­ing. Although Oli had re­port­edly promised to Nepal to wait un­til he re­turned home and ac­com­mo­date as many lead­ers as pos­si­ble from his fac­tion, chair­man Oli fal­tered the prom­ise. While many lauded Nepal's crit­i­cism against the govern­ment, a sec­tion of lead­ers within the rul­ing NCP took this as some­thing “un­war­ranted.” Nepal's move to call the party's Stand­ing Com­mit­tee meet­ing on the next day to dis­cuss the dis­mal per­for­mance of the govern­ment fur­ther in­cited ten­sion be­tween the two fac­tions. Lead­ers close to Nepal, in­clud­ing se­nior leader Bam Dev Gau­tam had at­tended the meet­ing. While Prime Min­is­ter Oli crit­i­cised Nepal in New York stat­ing that he was there to bail the coun­try out of prob­lems, his chief ad­viser Bishnu Ri­mal tweeted al­leg­ing that se­nior leader Nepal and his close aides were con­spir­ing against the govern­ment in col­lu­sion with some for­eign­ers. “The down­fall of peo­ple starts right when they start tak­ing sug­ges­tions from oth­ers to fail their own,” read Ri­mal’s tweet. Yo­gesh Bhat­tarai was quick to hit Ri­mal back say­ing that those who are in power al­ways tend to see con­spir­acy. When the lead­ers of two sides con­tin­ued to vet ire against each other, dif­fer­ent con­spir­acy the­o­ries have been bred, which one can read in so­cial sites as well as me­dia out­lets.

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