Eleven distinguished leaders of the ruling NCP-UML party have referred to as Prime Minister Ok P Oli a “dictator” and appealed to the party rank and file to actively oppose him.
The joint assertion by the leaders ― all members of the party’s highly effective standing committee, together with former PMs Jhala Nath Khanal and Madhav Kumar Nepal ― is available in wake of Oli assuming sweeping powers to search clarification and droop any chief for “indiscipline”. Oli additionally suspended Madhav Nepal and Bhim Rawal from the first membership of the party for six months, warning this was their “last chance” at redemption.
In their assertion, the NCP-UML leaders mentioned Oli was “making every attempt to impose dictatorship” by misusing state energy and changing the “official residence (of the Prime Minister) into the venue for factional interest”. They accused Oli of being “determined to disintegrate the party” and of “defaming” any chief who challenged his “dictatorship”.
The revolt by the NCP-UML leaders seems to be triggered by the suspension of Madhav Nepal and Rawal, which additionally coincided with the circulation of an inner party round ostensibly to “rescue the country from external interference”, for “purification and consolidation” of the party and to rid it from “rampant indiscipline”.
Meanwhile, Oli appeared all set to expel two extra dissident leaders ― Surendra Pandey and Ghanshyam Bhushal, each signatories to the assertion ― for anti-disciplinary actions.
Bhushal, in response to the showcause discover issued to him, mentioned he ought to put on document that Oli was “intolerant towards criticism to the hilt, and he is out to finish any leader not in conformity with his style of functioning” and warned that this was the surest means to take the party in the direction of its demise “ideologically, principally and organisationally”.