Senior leader of Nepal Communist Party Madhav Kumar Nepal (File photo)
KATHMANDU: The Madhav Nepal group of the ruling Nepal Communist Party is likely to face a crisis after the Supreme Court issued its verdict reviving the then CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center).
Nepal group which was not on good terms with then UML Chairman KP Oli does not have the required number of lawmakers in the parliamentary party to split the party. CPN-UML has 120 seats in the House of Representatives (HoR). Nepal requires at least 48 seats.
Currently, 33 lawmakers have been openly supporting Nepal, 62 lawmakers are in favor of Oli while the status of 25 lawmakers is still unclear. Nepal cannot split the party unless he takes them into confidence.
With the majority in the Central Committee and Parliamentary Party, if the action is taken against Nepal group by the Oli faction, Nepal, Jhala Nath Khanal including the lawmakers who support them will lose their memberships as lawmakers.
Similarly, the status of lawmakers Bidya Bhattarai elected to the HoR, Narayan Kaji Shrestha, Bedu Ram Bhusal who were elected to the National Assembly following the unification has been unclear regarding which party they belong to.