CPN stand­ing com­mit­tee en­dorses chair­men’s po­lit­i­cal doc­u­ment

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The stand­ing com­mit­tee meet­ing of the rul­ing Com­mu­nist Party of Nepal (CPN) has en­dorsed a po­lit­i­cal doc­u­ment jointly pre­sented by party chair­man duo KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Ka­mal Da­hal.

Af­ter de­lib­er­a­tions and dis­putes last­ing for days, the stand­ing com­mit­tee meet­ing held at the Dhum­barahi-based party head­quar­ters on Fri­day en­dorsed the re­port in­cor­po­rat­ing sug­ges­tions made by the party lead­ers on Fri­day.

The stand­ing com­mit­tee meet­ing be­came a plat­form for the com­mu­nist lead­ers to express their ire to­wards the party lead­er­ship, mostly Prime Min­is­ter and party chair K P Oli and the ac­tiv­i­ties of the gov­ern­ment .

Lead­ers like Bhim Rawal, Ghanashyam Bhusal and Narayankaji Shrestha heav­ily crit­i­cized the gov­ern­ment for its par­tic­i­pa­tion in the con­tro­ver­sial Asia Pa­cific Sum­mit held in Kathmandu. But the same sum­mit brought Oli and Mad­hav Ku­mar Nepal to­gether, as the lat­ter did not crit­i­cise the gov­ern­ment as ex­pected.

How­ever, the stand­ing com­mit­tee turned Bam Dev Gau­tam into a pawn in the CPN as most of the lead­ers pre­vi­ously loyal to him shifted to Oli camp. Gau­tam had pre­sented a sep­a­rate doc­u­ment in the meet­ing but failed to garner sup­port for it.

With the con­clu­sion of the stand­ing com­mit­tee meet­ing Da­hal has be­come more pow­er­ful as no leader crit­i­cised him when Oli was charged for the mess in the party and the poor per­for­mance of the gov­ern­ment. Ear­lier, on Thurs­day, the meet­ing had failed to en­dorse the joint po­lit­i­cal re­port pre­pared by the chair­man duo af­ter the dis­si­dent lead­ers of the party op­posed it say­ing the doc­u­ment had failed to ac­com­mo­date their con­cerns.

Re­spond­ing to the con­cerns raised by the dis­si­dent lead­ers in the party’s on­go­ing Stand­ing Com­mit­tee (SC) meet­ing on Thurs­day, Oli asked the lead­ers to en­dorse the po­lit­i­cal dossier, promis­ing to in­cor­po­rate the “gen­uine” sug­ges­tions in the re­port later.

Chair­man Oli had to clar­ify his po­si­tion on cru­cial is­sues — pro­posal to en­force ‘one per­son, one po­si­tion’, the con­tro­versy over the gov­ern­ment host­ing the Asia Pa­cific Sum­mit and the gov­ern­ment’s poor per­for­mance.

Rawal and Bhusal de­manded that the party’s statute be re­vised so that the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee could be em­pow­ered as the supreme body in­stead of the sec­re­tariat. The ex­ist­ing party statute man­dates the sec­re­tariat to de­cide the cru­cial is­sues.

Fol­low­ing protests by the dis­si­dent lead­ers, Da­hal had even de­ferred the party’s meet­ing by a day. The stand­ing com­mit­tee also formed an eight­mem­ber task­force to fi­nalise the party's longstalled uni­fi­ca­tion process in district level and var­i­ous sis­ter or­gan­i­sa­tions by mid-Jan­uary.

Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Bishnu Poudel and stand­ing com­mit­tee mem­bers Ram Ba­hadur Thapa, Shanker Pokharel, Bar­shaman Pun, Yo­gesh Bhat­tarai, Lekhraj Bhatta, Suren­dra Pandey and Be­du­ram Bhusal are the mem­bers of the task­force.

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