KATHMANDU: The Prachanda-Nepal faction of the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has picked Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” as the leader of the Parliamentary Party (PP).
A meeting of the faction’s PP held at Singha Durbar on Friday picked Prachanda as the leader of the parliamentary party.
The faction had earlier removed KP Oli from the post of parliamentary party leader.
Faction’s senior leader Jhalanath Khanal had chaired the meeting in the capacity of a senior member.
Speaking at the meeting, Prachanda claimed that they have a clear majority in the parliamentary parties.
“KP Oli lacks enough quorum,” Prachanda told the meeting.
Friday’s meeting was called to discuss the faction’s future course of action after the expulsion of the faction’s decision of ousting Parliamentary Party leader KP Oli, Deputy Leader Subash Nembang, and Whip Shanta Chaudhary, among other leaders.
Leader Som Prasad Pandey informed that the meeting chaired by Khanal as the senior member at Singha Durbar changed the leader of the PP.
Pandey said that Dahal was re-elected as the leader of the parliamentary party as the time after December 20 was considered a zero hour after the Supreme Court ruled that the dissolution of the House of Representatives (HoR) was unconstitutional and gave order to reinstate the HoR.
The Prachanda-Nepal group, which collected the signatures of the lawmakers after the meeting, has claimed that they have 114 lawmakers.
Leader Pandey informed that 114 lawmakers have signed the agreement.
A no-confidence motion against the Oli-led government requires 138 lawmakers to form a new government.
Both sides of the NCP, which has 173 lawmakers in the House of Representatives, are claiming that they have more than 100 lawmakers on their side.
On Thursday, the faction informed the Parliament Secretariat about its decision of ousting KP Oli, Deputy Leader Nembang, and Whip Chaudhary.
The faction of the NCP in a letter submitted to the Parliament Secretariat has already informed that it has expelled Prime Minister Oli from the party.
In the letter to the Federal Parliament Secretariat, Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” said that the meeting of the majority members of the Central Committee held on February 1 had expelled Oli from the party.
Prachanda, in the letter, has said that any letter or move taken by Prime Minister Oli or anyone else in the name of the leader of the Parliamentary Party would not be acceptable and would be deemed unauthorized.
Faction leaders, including Dev Gurung, Pampha Bhusal, Dinanath Sharma, among others had reached the Secretariat’s office in Singha Durbar on Thursday with the letter.
It should be noted that on Wednesday, a central working committee meeting of the Prachanda-Nepal faction had expelled PM Oli from the Parliamentary Party leader.