The future of Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli will be decided on Saturday at an important meeting of the ruling communist party's Standing Committee, party sources said on Friday, given the growing demand for his resignation.
The meeting of the 45-member Standing Committee of the Communist Party of Nepal, the party's most powerful body, on Thursday was postponed as the party's top leaders failed to reach a consensus on Prime Minister Oli's resignation.
NCP leaders called on Prime Minister Oli's resignation on Tuesday, saying that his recent statements against India were "neither politically correct nor diplomatically appropriate."
"The Prime Minister's statements that India conspired to remove him were neither politically correct nor diplomatically appropriate," said party leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Prachanda.
68-year-old Prime Minister Oli said on Sunday that there were various activities in the "embassies and hotels" to separate him from power.
He said some Nepalese leaders were also involved in the game after his government's attempt to update the country's political map, involving three strategically important Indian areas – Lipulekh, Kalapani, and Limpiyadhura.
It was inappropriate to blame the southern neighbor and the leaders of his own party through the prime minister. A senior party leader quoted Pushpa Kamal Dahal & # 39; & # 39; Prachanda & # 39; & # 39; during the Standing Committee meeting on Tuesday.
Pushpa Kamal Dahal & # 39; & # 39; Prachanda & # 39; & # 39; has repeatedly spoken about the lack of coordination between the government and the party, and he urged that the NCP follow a one-man, one-position system.
The differences between the two NCP factions – one by Mr Oli and the other by Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda – worsened after the Prime Minister unilaterally decided to extend Parliament's budget meeting on Thursday.
PPushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda convened the crucial meeting of the party's Standing Committee for Saturday, which could decide the future of the Prime Minister.
During the Standing Committee meeting on Saturday, both sides will work out a mechanism whereby both the party and the government must follow some form of protocol to resolve the differences, said Ganesh Shah, member of the Standing Committee.
Prime Minister Oli led the government unilaterally and he did not allow the party's executive chairman to operate independently, he said.
Prime Minister Oli and former Prime Minister Prachanda are both leaders of the ruling party.
Now the prime minister has the option – either to give up party chairmanship or to serve as prime minister according to the one-man-one-position principle, said Bishnu Rijal, member of the NCP Central Committee and deputy party leader of foreign affairs.
"I think a compromise is being worked out between the two sides to make up for the differences so that the crisis is over after the Saturday meeting."
During the meeting of the Standing Committee on Tuesday, Pushpa asked Kamal Dahal & # 39; & # 39; Prachanda & # 39; & # 39; and former Prime Ministers Madhav Kumar Nepal and Jhalanath Khanal Mr. Oli to step down from office because he made controversial comments that the government had led to the people without consulting the party and had not delivered.
They also asked Mr. Oli to provide evidence to support his comments.
Mr. Oli has been cornered in the ruling party as the majority of the senior leaders at Pushpa Kamal Dahal are Prachanda. Mr. Oli has the support of only 15 members in the Standing Committee.
According to a senior cabinet member, Mr. Oli has asked Parliament to reintroduce a controversial bill that allows a party to split.
The law was withdrawn from parliament after the ruling party's legislature opposed it a few months ago.
The bill allows each faction to officially break the party with the support of 40 percent of the members of the House or Central Executive.
Some party insiders speculate that Mr. Oli could choose to break up the party to save his government. The ruling NCP has 174 seats in the 275-member House of Representatives.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal & # 39; & # 39; Prachanda & # 39; & # 39; a one-on-one meeting at the Prime Minister's residence in Baluwatar is currently being held to address their differences, said a senior cabinet member.
They try to make up for differences by speaking to each other, he said.