Oli absents himself from crucial ruling party meet

Kathmandu: The much-awaited meeting of Nepal’s ruling communist party failed to sort out the differences between PM K.P. Sharma Oli and the rival faction led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” as political issues did not figure during the brief deliberations.

The meeting of the Standing Committee of the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) was held at the Prime Minister’s official residence at Baluwatar in the national capital but it did not discuss political issues, said Ganesh Shah, member of the Standing Committee and a senior party leader.

The standing committee meeting, which was held in the absence of Oli, took place after it was postponed seven times in a row.

The next meeting of the Standing Committee will be held on July 28 at 11 am at Baluwatar to review the party’s activities, government’s performance, finalizing division of work among party’s cadres and leaders, and proposed general convention among other issues, Shah said.

The 45-member strong meeting is expected to decide the fate of Oli, who is facing strong pressure from Prachanda group to step down over his growing closeness with China and anti-India remarks.

Newspapers in Kathmandu reported that in June, Dahal and Nepal, along with the standing committee members, had asked Oli to quit one of the two posts that he holds — Prime Minister and the party chair. However, the PM had refused outright.

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