Why the uni­fi­ca­tion process was de­layed?

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Although it was said that due to the dif­fer­ence on the ide­olo­gies adopted by UML and Maoist Cen­ter (MC), the uni­fi­ca­tion process of the two par­ties was de­layed, and the fact is that as MC chair­man Push­paka­malDa­hal wants a writ­ten agree­ment on shar­ing power in both the gov­ern­ment and the uni­fied party thi­sis the rea­son why the two com­mu­nist par­ties could not be uni­fied in the stip­u­lated time. In last Thurs­day's meet­ing be­tween UML chair­man KP Sharma Oli and Da­hal in Manbhawan, Lal­it­pur, Da­hal had de­manded for is­su­ing a writ­ten agree­ment by clearly men­tion­ing power shar­ing in the party and the gov­ern­ment. The UML chair­man urged for the for­ma­tion of the gov­ern­ment first as NC led coali­tion gov­ern­ment was do­ing many im­por­tant de­ci­sions which would af­fect the na­tion in the lon­grun, Da­hal agreed to sup­port Oli to take the post of the PM. How­ever, on Fri­day, MC said that it will sup­port the Oli led gov­ern­ment by re­main­ing out­side. The party fur­ther an­nounced in re­main­ing out­side the gov­ern­ment un­til uni­fi­ca­tion of the two par­ties. Oli had tried his best to bring the MC in the gov­ern­ment but fi­nally, he was com­pelled to an­nounce his cabi­net by as­sign­ing two UML min­is­ters only. Again, on 18 Fe­bru­ary, Oli and Da­hal held a one-on-one meet­ing at the res­i­dence of busi­ness­man Dur­gaPra­sain in San­oth­imi, Bhak­ta­pur. The meet­ing went for more than four hours but con­cluded with­out any con­crete de­ci­sion.

Power bar­gain:

MC chair­manDa­hal has put for­ward two agen­das. They are: shar­ing power in the party as well as the gov­ern­ment. Re­spond­ing to Da­hal, Oli has be­come ready to in­tro­duce two party chair­men in the uni­fied party. Fur­ther­more, Da­hal had de­manded for giv­ing him ex­ec­u­tive chair­man's post when Oli will re­main as the prime min­is­ter. Oli has not given a clear re­ply on this. Ac­cord­ingly, Da­hal has de­manded power shar­ing in the gov­ern­ment. Ear­lier, he was of the view of head­ing the gov­ern­ment for two and a half years by Oli and Da­hal. When Oli didn't re­spond to Da­hal on this, Da­hal be­came a lit­tle flex­i­ble and put for­ward a new pro­posal for as­sign­ing him PM for two years. Da­hal gave a warn­ing mes­sage that un­til ac­cep­tance of this pro­posal in writ­ten, MC is not go­ing to send a MC team in the gov­ern­ment.

Mad­hav Nepal fac­tor:

When it was de­cided to in­tro­duce two chair­men mech­a­nism in the uni­fied party, Mad­hav Nepal had ques­tioned to Oli that what will be his re­spon­si­bil­ity in the party. Also, the other sec­ond gen­er­a­tion lead­ers -- who have been en­joy­ing re­spon­si­ble posts in the party af­ter they got elected in the party elec­tion -- have ques­tioned about their fu­ture in the uni­fied party. Oli was un­able to re­solve these prob­lems im­me­di­ately.

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