Today the secretariat of the ruling NCP concluded that KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal would proceed to co-chair the party, Dahal would have the administrative power to lead the party and Oli would continue the PM till the term of the current House of Representatives ended to give the message of political resistance.
This agreement inscribes Dahal’s major demand for having the chance to drive the party while Oli heads the government.
Following the secretariat meeting, NCP Spokesperson Narayan Kaji Shrestha informed media persons that Oli and Dahal, who were at the top of the party’s seniority list, would have the same rank, but Dahal would mostly chair the party meetings. The meeting also determined that the two co-chairs would run the party based on mutual consensus.
Dahal, who had blamed Oli for not adhering to their agreement of taking turns to chair the party meetings, was allowed by Oli to chair the party meetings in his absence when he went to Singapore for treatment in August.
Oli had assured Dahal that he would soon hand him the party’s executive powers.
Dahal had been stating that there was a gentleman’s agreement among him and Oli, whereby Oli would depart the PM’s chair in his courtesy subsequent two-and-a-half years. Oli lately countered Dahal’s contention in a newspaper interview stating that the people had given him the mandate to lead the government, not to others. After Oli assured Dahal of handing him the executive power to lead the party, Dahal started saying that the PM would remain the executive head for a full five-year term.
Constitutional expert Senior Advocate Surya Dhungel said the term of a PM was decided by the House of Representatives and not by a party’s secretariat. In that sense, today’s decision of the NCP secretariat to allow Oli to remain the PM for a full five-year term was wrong.
He even probed Dahal and Oli for not disclosing the contents of their meeting with President Bidhya Devi Bhandari.
He said “As the contents of the discussion were not disclosed, one could assume that they discussed confidential issues with the president. That is not good,”
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