There are four parties. The Nepali Congress, Maoist Center, Samajbadi Janata Party, and Janmorcha are debating power-sharing as the CPN-UML works to unify its divided house.
Although outgoing Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, who holds the key in the party’s rank and file, has not yet opened his hand on the likely scenario, rebel leader Madhav Kumar Nepal has already announced that he will no longer be a part of the new ruling alliance, expressing his reconciliatory tones.
At the all-party meeting, UML leader Madhav Nepal stated that now that the basic goals of restoring the House and clarifying various confusing articles of the constitution have been met, he will withdraw from the alliance and work toward UML reconciliation.
Nepal was later quoted as saying that now that the primary issue has been resolved and democracy has prevailed, he would like to devote all of his efforts to reuniting the party.
According to CPN-UML leader Nepal’s statement, he will now return to his own party after achieving his group’s goal of toppling the Oli-led government.
He expressed hope that his partners would understand his situation and advised Deuba to be as inclusive as possible while forming the government, including UML in the discussions.
A Ten-Point Accord
The Nepal-led faction has demonstrated their willingness to reconcile within the party by meeting with Oli several times and reaching an agreement.
Following the fall of the government and the formation of the new government, CPN-UML unity issues are likely to worsen.
They must decide what to do in the House of Representatives regarding the vote of confidence motion. Oli prefers elections, and he intends to defeat this motion and hold elections within six months. The Madhav Nepal-led faction, on the other hand, takes a different approach. They want to vote for the government and parliament to finish their terms.
Disputes arose within the CPN-UML after Oli dissolved the House of Representatives on May 23, despite the formation of a 10-member task force on May 16 based on CPN-UML Chairman Oli and senior leader Nepal’s consensus.
After days of reunion-focused talks, the two rival factions of the ruling CPN-UML have finally reached an agreement on ‘agreeing to disagree.’
A 10-point agreement has been reached by the task force formed to resolve existing issues between the two parties. For the time being, the two parties have agreed to settle all existing disagreements and deal with issues internally.
A 14-hour meeting of leaders representing the opposing sides facilitated the possible reunion of party chair Oli and senior UML figure Nepal, who have been at odds for months.
Subash Nembang, Bishnu Paudel, Pradeep Gyawali, Shankar Pokhrel, and Bishnu Rimal have initiated talks on Oli’s behalf with Nepal-Khanal faction leaders Bhim Rawal, Ghanashyam Bhusal, Surendra Pandey, Gokarna Bista, and Raghuji Panta.
However, in what can be described as a breakthrough agreement, the two sides have agreed to put their differences aside on paper and work toward reconciliation for the time being.
“The task force agreed to resurrect the party as it was on May 16, 2018, as per the court decision, deciding on the number of party Central Committee members and on the management of the former Maoist leaders who have joined the UML, as well as on the court issue,” Bista said.
Senior leaders Subash Nembang and Bhim Rawal led task force teams that included Bishnu Paudel, Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Shankar Pokharel, and Bishnu Rimal from party chairman Oli’s side and Ghanshyam Bhusal, Gokarna Bista, Surendra Pandey, and Raghuji Panta from Nepal’s side.
“The meeting between party Chairman KP Sharma Oli and senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal has raised hopes that the intra-party schism will be resolved,” leader Pandey said.
Members of the task force agreed that all party committees and structures that existed prior to the CPN-merger UML’s with the CPN-MC in 2018 would be resurrected.
Despite the ten-point agreement, the factional feud that erupted in the UML following Oli’s dissolution of the House of Representatives has yet to die. Although both factions are treading carefully, their true test will be how they agree on voting on the Deuba government’s confidence motion.