Four CPN leaders meet at Baluwatar to conclude organizational unification

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CPN leaders are meeting at the prime minister’s residence in Baluwatar Sunday morning to conclude organizational unification of the then CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) at the lower level.
CPN Chairman KP Sharma Oli, fellow Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal and general secretary Bishnu Paudel have started informal discussion on unification at around nine in the morning.
Central member Bishnu Rijal said the meeting is expected to decide about district chairmen and secretaries, formation of politburo and Kathmandu Valley committee. “They held discussion even on Friday and Saturday. They are currently meeting to finalize that,” Rijal told Setopati. “Secretariat meeting will be called for Monday and that meeting will announce the decision if the leaders reach agreement today.”
The stuck wheels of organizational unification of ruling CPN have moved forward after truce between Oli and senior leader Nepal.
Unification of the then UML and Maoist Center at the lower level has not been possible due the dispute between the Oli and Nepal factions. District committees of the unified party are now likely to be announced by April 22 to mark the day of establishment of CPN seven decades ago after the truce.
The Nepal faction has stepped back from his erstwhile stance that seniority should be considered during unification. The Oli faction had been insisting that leadership should be handed on the basis of competence and qualification after unification with the Maoists. The Nepal faction has now agreed to step back from its stance with assurance of getting leadership in some districts.
The party has already agreed that former UML leaders will lead 45 districts and the Maoists 32. Maoists will get secretary if UML gets district leadership and vice versa, as per the agreement.
The Nepal faction earlier was adamant that those who were UML chairman in the district should get to lead even the unified party. It argued that new leaders cannot be brought by removing the current ones during the process of unification.
CPN has failed to form party committees at the lower level and unify the sister organizations even 11 months after the then CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) unified.
The party’s standing committee had formed a task force under Home Minister Thapa on December 28, 2018 to submit a proposal about organizational unification of the party and to resolve the discrepancies in the provincial committees within 15 days.
But the party’s secretariat dissolved the task force on February 22 after it failed to complete the assigned task, and asked the chairman duo to bring a proposal on the issue of organizational unification.

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