Amid heightened rift, JSP leaders engage in a tug-of-war


May 30, 2021


Amid heightened rift, JSP leaders engage in a tug-of-war

Top leaders of the Janata Samajwadi Party (File photo)

KATHMANDU: The Janata Samajwadi Party (JSP) has been engaged in a bitter row with two factions seeking an explanation from one another.

The Upendra Yadav-led faction sought a 24-hour clarification from four party leaders, including party Chairman Mahantha Thakur on Saturday soon after JSP Chairman Mahantha Thakur sought a 24-hour clarification from Yadav.

JSP central office chief Prakash Adhikari said the faction has sent letters seeking their clarifications to Chairman Thakur, senior leader Rajendra Mahato, and leaders Laxman Lal Karn and Sarbendra Nath Shukla.

“A letter has been sent to Chairman Thakur and three other leaders,” he said.

The letter stated that the leaders failed to respond to the clarifications sought on May 22.

However, both the factions have said they would not respond to the letters.

The Upendra Yadav faction has warned of taking action against them in accordance with party statute and Political Party Act if they did not furnish their response within the deadline.

The party, observers say, is on the brink of split after the two factions have been sharply divided after Prime Minister KP Oli dissolved the House of Representatives.

While the Thakur-Mahato faction has been supporting Prime Minister Oli’s move, the Yadav faction has been protesting the decision of the dissolution of the Parliament.

The Thakur-Mahato faction is all set to join the government led by Prime Minister KP Oli. The party has also finalized the distribution of the ministry.

The JSP was formed after uniting two parties – Rastriya Janata Party and Samajbadi Party Nepal – last year with the objective of forming an alternative political force in the country to champion the cause of equality, identity, and empowering the marginalized communities.