KP Sharma Oli, the chair of the CPN-UML and Prime Minister, suspended two party leaders, Ghanashyam Bhusal and Surendra Pandey, as general members for six months on Thursday, just days after he did the same with Madhav Kumar Nepal and Bhim Rawal.
On March 29, the party’s Central Committee meeting sought clarification from Bhusal and Pandey after deciding to suspend Nepal and Rawal as general members for six months.
According to Surya Thapa, a UML leader who also serves as Oli’s press advisor, the party decided to suspend Bhusal and Pandey after they failed to offer adequate clarifications to party General Secretary Ishwor Pokhrel.
After the Supreme Court reinstated the UML and the Maoist Centre, which had merged in May 2018 to create the Nepal Communist Party (NCP), on March 7, Oli has ratcheted up the pressure on Nepal and other leaders close to him.
“The party has given Oli authority to take action against any leader who opposes the party’s unity,” Thapa said.
“The same power was used by the party chair to suspend these leaders.”
Bhusal accused Oli of treating them as “people of an enemy country” in his clarification letters to the party, while Padney said that Oli is attempting to divide the party by holding separate gatherings and meetings.
In his letter of suspension to Bhusal, Oli claims that Bhusal is active in splitting the party, conducting constant factional meetings, and undermining the party’s cordial ties.
The letter reads, “The explanation is insulting.” “You [Bhusal] failed to recognize your errors and have declined to show any signs of repentance.”