CPN-UML Samajwadi Party Chairman Madhav Kumar Nepal (R) and senior leader Jhalanath Khanal. (File)
KATHMANDU: Ending months of wrangling with the CPN-UML, leaders Madhav Kumar Nepal and Jhalanath Khanal have registered CPN-UML Samajwadi Party with the Election Commission (EC) Wednesday afternoon.
The new party, which has 95 central committee members, was registered under the chairmanship of Madhav Kumar Nepal.
According to leader Rajendra Pandey, the new party will have 31 members in the House of Representatives and the National Assembly.
He said that while Madhav Kumar Nepal is the Chairman of the party, Jhala Nath Khanal is the senior leader.
UML vice-chairman Bamdev Gautam is not on the new party’s central committee.
Pandey further informed that 58 central members have come to the new party from the CPN-UML.
However, the party has yet to finalize the election symbol. Earlier, the party had proposed a “book” as its election symbol.
Earlier on Wednesday, the disgruntled Khanal-Nepal faction leaders Birodh Khatiwada and Jeevan Ram Shrestha had reached the Parliament Secretariat urging it not to take action against them as prescribed by the party Chairman KP Oli.
On Tuesday, UML had written to the Parliament Secretariat to take action against 14 lawmakers including senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal, Ram Kumari Jhankri, Birodh Khatiwada and Jeevan Ram Shrestha.
Two lawmakers from Madhav Nepal’s party, Khatiwada and Shrestha, had reached the Parliament Secretariat demanding to stop the action against their faction.
Though the Chairman KP Oli faction took action on Tuesday, Nepal claimed that the action would not affect him.