NCP to finalise district in-charges today

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Kathmandu, June 4 Central Secretariat meeting of the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) held today failed to finalise district in-charges and co-in-charges of the party. The secretariat will come up with the list of all in-charges and co-in-charges for 77 districts tomorrow.

Two-and-a-half-hour meeting which was held at the prime minister’s residence concluded without making any decisions. Speaking to mediapersons following the meeting, senior leader of the party Madhav Kumar Nepal said the secretariat held a discussion to select district in-charges and co-in-charges, but a conclusion could not be reached due to lack of time.

Nepal also informed that discussion on formation of 147-member politburo and other departments of the party would only take place after announcement of the district in-charges and co-in-charges.

Even one year after the two communist parties — the then CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist Centre — merged, the unification process remains incomplete. The party had already announced chairs and secretaries of all the district committees. Another major challenge facing the merger is factional rift in the leadership.

Today’s meeting was attended by all nine central secretariat members. Emerging from the meeting, Spokesperson for the party Narayan Kaji Shrestha told media that they also discussed on allocation of work for the central committee members. “We have been working to merge other foreign committees, as well” he said.

Shrestha dismissed media reports regarding a five-point agreement between Co-chairs, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal, that the two leaders would head the post of prime minister, in turn, during the five-year period.

PM Oli, Dahal and another senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal are competing to appoint their aides in the committees and other key posts. The party is yet to form its sister wings including a Madhes Committee. The party’s eight central agencies are yet to be formed.

Provincial council and relation coordination committee are also yet to be formed. The party is working to form an international coordination committee as well. Inter-party wrangling has already surfaced among Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa and senior leader Bam Dev Gautam, with each claiming leadership of the organisation department, the most powerful body of the party. Thapa has PM Oli’s support while Gautam is close to Dahal.

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