Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli Says Tired Of Doing Business With Prachanda From Rival Faction: Report

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Nepal got into a political crisis after its prime minister recommended that the 275-strong house be dissolved. (File)

Kathmandu:

The embattled Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said today he was “tired of doing business with rival faction leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal” Prachanda “and accused him of violating various agreements on several occasions to promote the unity of the ruling Communist Party of Nepal to keep intact.

Prime Minister Oli’s remarks came hours after a four-person Chinese delegation, led by Vice Minister of the International Department of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) Guo Yezhou, returned home unsuccessfully to try to resolve the differences between the Nepalese feudal leaders.

Nepal got into a political crisis on December 20 after Prime Minister Oli, known for his pro-Beijing tendencies, surprisingly recommended the dissolution of the 275-strong house amid a power dispute with Prachanda.

On the recommendation of the Prime Minister, President Bidya Devi Bhandari dissolved the house on the same day and announced new elections on April 30 and May 10, which sparked protests by a large part of the NCP led by Prachanda, also co-chair of the ruling party.

PM Oli approached his faction’s leaders and cadres in Kathmandu and slammed the leaders of the rival faction for their non-cooperation in running the party and government for the past two years since he came to power, My Republica reported.

Prime Minister Oli, who is also chairman of a faction of the NCP, accused Prachanda of violating various agreements on several occasions in order to maintain the party’s unity.

“In fact, Prachandaji was negotiating with the Nepalese Congress to form a government and negotiating with me at the same time, even though we (two communist parties) won elections after we formed an electoral alliance,” said Prime Minister Oli.

“I am tired of doing business with Dahal (Prachanda),” he said, adding that he had made a number of agreements with the former prime minister in order to maintain the party’s unity.

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The CPN-UML, led by Prime Minister Oli, and the Prachanda-led NCP (Maoist Center) joined forces in May 2018 to form a unified Communist Party of Nepal following their alliance’s victory in the 2017 parliamentary elections.

Prime Minister Oli urged Prachanda to renounce the policy of treason, the report said.

PM Oli claimed that there was no constitutional provision to reinstate parliament and said he was forced to dissolve the house after knowing that the Prachanda-led faction was planning to table a motion of censure against him and a motion to impeach President Bidya Devi Bhandari to be submitted to Parliament.

The rival faction of the NCP condemned the dissolution of parliament and organized a massive protest rally on Tuesday.

At the rally, Prachanda had said that Prime Minister Oli’s move to dissolve the House of Representatives was aimed at killing federalism and republicanism achieved after decades of popular struggle.

The Supreme Court of Nepal on Friday issued an exhibition notice calling on a government led by Prime Minister Oli to provide written clarification on its decision to abruptly dissolve parliament.

The five-member Constitutional Bank, headed by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana, called on the government to provide an original copy of the recommendations to dissolve the house and the president’s decision to ratify the government’s recommendations within 10 days.

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