KATHMANDU: Going through rising demand for his resignation, Nepal’s embattled Prime Minister Okay P Sharma Oli has stated that the ruling communist party is going through a grave disaster, indicating that it might cut up quickly, in accordance to a media report on Sunday.
Oli, at an emergency assembly of the Cabinet at his official residence, instructed the Cabinet ministers that “some of our party members are also trying to remove President Bidya Devi Bhandari from the power,” My Republica newspaper quoted a senior chief as saying.
“Now, conspiracies are being hatched to remove me from the post of prime minister and party chairman,” the prime minister said on Saturday, adding that he will not let it happen.
The ruling party is facing a grave crisis, Oli said.
After Oli’s remarks about the conspiracy to impeach the president, three former prime ministers — Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, Madhav Nepal and Jhanalanth Khanal — met Bhandari and clarified that the rumour about the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) leaders trying to remove her from office were untrue, The Kathmandu Post reported.
On Saturday, a crucial meeting of the NCP’s 45-member powerful Standing Committee to decide the political future of Oli was postponed until Monday to allow more time for the top leadership to iron out their differences over his style of functioning and anti-India statements.
During the Cabinet meeting, a defiant Oli said that he will not be forced to accept the party’s Standing Committee decision.
He also urged the ministers to make their position clear whether they support him or not.
“I had to make a fast choice to prorogue the price range session of Parliament final week after coming to know that some of our party members had been hatching conspiracy to register an impeachment movement towards the President at Parliament,” Oli told the ministers.
Surya Thapa, the prime minister’s press aide, said that the prime minister invited the ministers to share the latest political developments in the country.
Prior to the meeting, Oli held a one-on-one meeting with President Bhandari at her office in Maharajgunj.
Oli’s statement comes at a time when the intra-party rift in the NCP is at its peak after majority of the party’s Standing Committee members and Central Secretariat members demanded his immediate resignation from the post of Prime Minister and party chairman, accusing the government of failing to live up to the people’s expectations.
He has accused NCP executive chairman Prachanda of non-cooperation in running the government while Prachanda is accusing Oli of imposing hegemony in the party.
Prime Minister Oli, 68, last week claimed that there have been various kinds of activities in the “embassies and resorts” to take away him from energy.
He stated some Nepalese leaders had been additionally concerned in the plot after his authorities redrew the nation’s political map by incorporating three strategically key Indian territories — Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura.
Elevating baseless accusations towards India and leaders of his personal party by the Prime Minister was not applicable, a senior chief of the party quoted Prachanda as saying through the Standing Committee assembly final week.
Prachanda has repeatedly spoken concerning the lack of coordination between the federal government and the party and he was urgent for a one-man one place system to be adopted by the NCP.
The variations between the 2 factions of the NCP — one led by Oli and the opposite led by Prachanda — intensified after the prime minister unilaterally determined to prorogue the price range session of Parliament final week.
In Could 2018, when Oli and Dahal introduced formation of the Nepal Communist Party, that they had reached a gentleman’s settlement to lead the federal government in flip, two-and-a-half years every.
However in accordance to the November 2019 settlement, Oli would lead the federal government for the total 5-yr time period and Dahal would run the party as “executive chairman”.
Dahal has maintained that Oli failed to uphold the spirit of the November 2019 settlement, therefore he ought to abide by the Could 2018 gentleman’s settlement, making method for him to lead the federal government.