NCP dispute: Absent from meeting, Oli says he can’t discuss Dahal’s proposal

6 December 2020, Kathmandu

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has remained absent from the standing committee of the ruling Nepal Communist Party on Sunday.

Instead, he sent a letter to the committee, saying he decided not to attend the meeting as he could not discuss the political document tabled by another chairman, Pushpa Kamal Dahal.

Last month, Dahal and Oli had tabled different proposals in the party’s secretariat meetings, blaming each other for the current dispute. Helpless to solve the dispute, the nine-member secretariat on Saturday had sent both the documents to the standing committee for further discussion.

Oli had objected to the decision demanding Dahal’s proposal be withdrawn, which the majority in the nine-member secretariat had rejected.

As the standing committee opened today, Oli’s confidant, Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokharel, read out Oli’s letter, according to the party’s spokesperson Narayan Kaji Shrestha.

Meanwhile, the meeting distributed the documents tabled by both Oli and Dahal to the standing committee members for a study with an agreement to meet next week for further discussion.

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