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Karnali row exposes fault lines in Nepal Communist Party : Following Dahal’s meeting with Nepal, seven provincial lawmakers from the Nepal faction withdraw their support to the no-confidence motion against Chief Minister Shahi, by Anil Giri (kp 14/10/2020)

Disgruntled NCP leaders take to Zoom to escape being overheard (kh 14/10/2020)

Crisis in Karnali a manifestation of top leaders’ conflict in Kathmandu : Party insiders say concern is now growing if other provincial governments could face a similar situation, as the Oli-Dahal struggle for power continues, by Anil Giri (kp 13/10/2020)

NCP Chief Whip Gurung tests COVID-19 positive (kh 13/10/2020)

Amid differences over appointments, Cabinet reshuffle lingers : Oli and Dahal don’t see eye to eye on ministerial changes while party reunification process remains in limbo; Appointments in constitutional  bodies, diplomatic posts also remain affected, by Anil Giri (kp 11/10/2020)

Ruling party internal conflict is taking a toll on governance : The two chairmen have been holding talks while the party has been holding Secretariat  meetings regularly, but with no concrete decision, there is confusion all around, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 09/10/2020) [Power struggles, nepotism and corruption of incompetent and aloof male Bahun politicians are ruining the Nepalese state in times of pandemic!]

NCP Secretariat meeting likely to induct 3 ministers today (kh 06/10/2020)

Over 2,000 NCP cadres quit party in Rupandehi (kh 06/10/2020)

NCP undermines spirit of federalism, again, as it ‘decides’ for Province 5 : Oli and Dahal may have taken the decision in a bid to  placate some leaders in the party but in doing so, they have trampled upon the constitution, experts say, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 03/10/2020)

NCP Secretariat meeting put off for Sunday (rep 03/10/2020), NCP Secretariat meeting postponed for 4 pm Sunday (kh 03/10/2020), NCP Secretariat meeting deferred until further notice (rep 04/10/2020)

Cabinet decisions invite criticism for failing to abide by the system : As decision to make crucial appointments renews party row, analysts say government is promoting favouritism, by Anil Giri (kp 02/10/2020), With Oli backtracking, truce may not last long, ruling party leaders say : He faces charges of reverting to his old unilateral style despite promising to take decisions after consultation in the party , by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 02/10/2020)

Former finance minister Khatiwada appointed as Nepal’s envoy to the US (rep 01/10/2020), Nirmal Kumar BK recommended as Nepal’s new ambassador to South Africa (rep 01/10/2020) [Once again three political nominations, all male, two of them Bahuns and one Dalitwhat is a rare exception!], Lok Dharshan Regmi recommended Ambassador to UK (kh 01/10/2020),
Nomination of envoys sparks dispute within NCP; Prachanda ‘displeased’ (kh 01/10/2020)

Cabinet reshuffle: Much ado about nothing, as Oli and Dahal fail to reach a deal : The two chairmen have a lot on plate before they find a common ground. Therefore, it could take some time before a rejig in the Council of Ministers, party insiders say, by Anil Giri (kp 28/09/2020) [Since there is nothing really important to do at the moment, the irresponsible politicians have endless time for their crazy power struggles!], Oli, Dahal stick to guns on ministerial portfolios (kh 28/09/2020)

In disparaging others, ruling party youth leaders follow their political master : Oli’s crude witticisms to fend off any attack on him are known but promising politicians taking cue from him only shows the extent of their subservient attitude, analysts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 26/09/2020)

Supreme Court blocks Bamdev Gautam’s way to the Cabinet, for now : Responding to a writ against Gautam’s nomination to the Assembly, Justice Ananda Mohan Bhattarai has ordered not to give any additional constitutional positions to him, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 24/09/2020), Supreme Court tells government not to induct Gautam in Cabinet : He will not be able to act as a member of the National Assembly until September 30 (ht 24/09/20210)

NCP Secretariat entrusts Chairmen duo and Gen Secy to finalize unification process : Directs govt fulfil vacant post in constitutional bodies (kh 22/09/2020)

NCP Secretariat meeting postponed (kh 21/09/2020)

Ruling party fight was for power-sharing and that is evident now, analysts say : After a truce about two weeks ago, the Nepal Communist Party Secretariat has started discussions on Cabinet reshuffle and political and constitutional appointments, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 21/09/2020)

NCP Secretariat agrees, in principle, to reshuffle cabinet (kh 20/09/2020)

After semblance of peace in ruling party, Secretariat meeting set to move to Parisdanda from Baluwatar : There had been sharp criticism of the prime minister’s official residence,  a public property, being used for holding meetings of a political party, by Anil Giri (kp 19/09/2020), Ruling NCP’s Secretariat meet taking place at Parisdanda for first time after two communist parties’ merger (rep 20/09/2020)

Ruling party wants to gag its leaders to suppress criticism and dissent : Nepal Communist Party has asked its members to refrain from commenting on the party, leadership, government and policies and warned of action if they fail to comply, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 18/09/2020)

How NCP General Secretary Poudel saved NCP from splitting, by Tapendra Karki (rep 18/09/2020)

Bamdev Gautam sworn in as a member of National Assembly : President Bidya Devi Bhandari had nominated Gautam in the Upper House as per the recommendation of the government (kp 17/09/2020), Bamdev Gautam says he will boost National Assembly’s dignity (kh 17/09/2020) [How should this work? The voters have rejected him as their representative in Parliament! Where is there room for dignity?]

Learning from the Communists, by Mahesh Kushwaha (kh 15/09/2020)

NCP orders institutions named after party leaders to halt all activities (rep 15/09/2020) [Long live central control over the supposedly federal state!]

NCP issues 16-point directive to end intra-party feud (kp15/09/2020)

Is NCP Getting Over The Hump?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 13/09/2020)

NCP should stop assault on the Constitution, by Abhishek Pratap Shah (rep 13/09/2020)

In ruling party, leaders’ focus has been on one-upmanship—not Covid-19 : The party leadership squandered crucial months and multiple meetings bickering over their individual interests, ignoring the most pressing issues of the present time, insiders say, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 13/09/2020)

Tug-of-war ends, but ruling party leaders wonder how long truce will last : Oli and Dahal’s joint proposal commits a lot. But since   it fails to address some key issues, insiders say irritants are likely to emerge sooner rather than later, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 12/09/2020)

Oli, Dahal bury the hatchet with joint proposal (ht 11/09/2020), Dahal to steer NCP as executive Chairman, while Oli will focus on government affairs : Unity General Convention to be held in April, 2021 (rep 11/09/2020)

NCP Standing Committee endorses Chairmen’s proposal : Decides to endorse MCC with amendments (kh 11/09/2020), NCP decides govt should settle border row with India thru talks (kh 11/09/2020)

Ruling party calls on cadres to stop criticising its policies on social media : Leaders and analysts see this as a step to  shrink democratic space within the party as well  as the larger society and it will be opposed, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 11/09/2020) [The extremely bad policies of the so-called party leaders must urgently be criticised by the cadres as well. It is the duty of every concerned democrat!]

NCP set to purge party of factionalism and indiscipline (kh 10/09/2020)

Nepal political tug-o-war continues . Ruling party meets to resolve power struggle, not to address Covid-19 emergency (nt 04/09/2020)

The arrogance of NCP will be costly : The present generation will curse the Nepal Communist Party, the party they elevated to power with overwhelming vote, if leaders fail to deliver on their promise and deceive the people, by Deepak Joshi Pokhrel and Rajendra Senchurey (rep 04/09/2020)

Bamdev Gautam keen to become NA member : If he gets berth, Khatiwada may not remain FinMin (ht 02/09/2020), As ruling party heads for crucial meet, there’s a fly in the ointment : Bamdev Gautam has once again renewed his demand for a seat in National Assembly, as promised back in February, by Anil Giri (kp 03/09/2020), NCP Secretariat decides to take Bamdev to National Assembly (kh 03/09/2020) [There cannot be enough male Bahuns in power positions, may they be incompetent or not. If they are rejected in democratic elections by the people, then they have to be nominated in a way where the people don't have a say!], Finance Minister Khatiwada resigns (kh 04/09/2020), The ruling party is making a mockery of democracy, analysts say : Nepal Communist Party decides to send Bamdev Gautam, who lost parliamentary polls, to the National Assembly, by Binod Ghimire (kp 04/09/2020), Bamdev Episode: What will NCP gain?, by Ishwar Dev Khanal (kh 04/09/2020)

‘The chairmen are the party’ : Nepal Communist Party insiders say months-long wrangling has ended, for now, after Oli and Dahal reached some understanding, giving a semblance of calm to the party, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 28/08/2020)

NCP Secretariat Meet Postponed, Called For September 3 (rep 28/08/2020)

PM Oli, NCP Chair Dahal agree to hold Secretariat meet on Aug 29 (kh 25/08/2020)

Panel recommends ruling party jamboree in April but not everyone is convinced (kp 25/08/2020)

Ruling party moves forward only to take a step back again : The latest disagreement comes over Oli’s minor political nominations but opponents say he’s back to his old ways, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 22/08/2020) [Oli and numerous other politicians need this style of politics to cover up their great incompetence!]

NCP co-chair Dahal tells PM Oli to rescind political appointments (ht 21/08/2020)

Conflict in ruling party hits governance: Ministers busy resolving internal conflicts, officials don’t want to take risks, experts say, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 19/08/2020) [In view of the enormous problems Nepal is facing, the ruthless power struggles of the political elite must be classified as a criminal offense. All those involved have disqualified themselves from any political activity for the rest of their lives! This is reinforced by the fact that persons like PM Oli are not up to their difficult tasks, neither professionally nor in terms of health!!]

CPN-UML party formally registered at EC  (kh 19/08/2020), New leftist party registered at EC (ht 20/08/2020)

The cost of the ruling party feud: This dispute is destructive because of its disconnect from the pressing issues of national interest, by Achyut Wagle (kp 18/08/2020)

PM Oli likely to reshuffle cabinet; Secretariat meeting tomorrow (kh 16/08/2020)

Six-member task force formed to resolve intraparty rift in NCP (rep 14/08/2020) [Thank god, all of them are Bahuns, five of them male!!], NCP forms six-member taskforce to end internal rift (kh 14/08/2020)

MPs in bid to keep Nepal Communist Party unity intact (ht 10/08/2020) [Which unity??]

War of words hots up in ruling Nepal Communist Party, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 08/08/2020)

Ruling Nepal Communist Party’s Standing Committee in limbo (ht 07/08/2020)

Distractions of their own making: What Prime Minister KP Oli and his challenger, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, seem to have forgotten is the sorry state Nepal is in, caught between a killer pandemic and a disastrous monsoon, by Deepak Thapa (kp 06/08/2020) [Both do not have to prove their incompetence any further. They should resign from all offices immediately and so should a number of other so-called top politicians!], NCP may split if Oli does not maintain flexibility: Prachanda to Nembang (kh 06/08/2020)

Bamdev Gautam breaks ranks with Dahal-Nepal faction (ht 06/08/2020) [Nepal's politicians should finally take care of important things and stop the disgusting and completely senseless power struggles in these terrible times of crisis! How stupid are these politicians actually?]

Oli and Dahal hold a meeting once again after a week—but talks go round in circles: As both refused to budge from their stances, there are now concerns if there’s anything substantial they are trying to achieve for the larger cause of the party, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 03/08/2020), Oli-Dahal at loggerheads: PM Oli insists on Secretariat meeting, Dahal on SC (kh 03/08/2020), Ruling party co-chairs stick to their guns (ht 04/08/2020), Oli, Prachanda engage in heated debate over appointment of IBN CEO (kh 04/08/2020), PM Oli displeased with his party-men, says no to central committee meeting (kh 04/08/2020)

Political drama in Nepal: The political spectacle concerning the ruling party that is currently overwhelming public discourse has all the components of a theatre play, by Abhi Subedi (kp 02/08/2020)

NCP row: Meeting of four leaders inconclusive (kh 02/08/2020)

Dahal takes potshot at fellow Co-chair Oli: Says issues related to the party shouldn’t be sidelined, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 02/08/2020)

Enough already: NCP power struggle headed for yet another showdown (nt 31/07/2020)

NCP row: Greed overpowers ideology, by Prakash Giri (kh 31/07/2020)

Embattled PM Oli grows stronger as ‘ideological polarization’ begins within ruling NCP, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 31/07/2020)

As ruling party standoff continues, over 150 members demand Central Committee meeting: Insiders say the Dahal faction is now all prepared to put a squeeze on Oli to make a concession or resign as party chair, by Anil Giri (kp 30/07/2020), Pressure mounts on NCP chairs to call CC meet (ht 30/07/2020)

High drama in ruling party as both Oli and Dahal factions make their moves: After Pushpa Kamal Dahal convenes the meeting with majority of Standing Committee members, Oli is in bid to cultivate some senior leaders, including Bamdev Gautam, by Tika R. Pradhan and Anil Giri (kp 29/07/2020), Rift between NCP co-chairs widens: Oli puts off Standing Committee meeting, Dahal goes ahead with it without PM or his supporters, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 29/07/2020)

NCP Standing Committee Meeting Postponed Indefinitely (rn 28/07/2020), NCP entrusts Prachanda to convene SC meeting: Unilateral postponement of SC unfortunate: SC members (kh 28/07/2020)

Conflict set to escalate in ruling party, as Dahal once again ups the ante against Oli: After a brief lull, the party has returned to where it was a few weeks ago and the battle lines are drawn, say insiders, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 28/07/2020), Vice Chairman Gautam floats six-point proposal to save NCP from imminent split (rep 28/07/2020), Provocative reactions may lead to party split, warns Prachanda (kh 28/07/2020)

CPN-UML registered under PM Oli’s behest: Prachanda (kh 24/07/2020), Threat of party split not over yet; CPN-UML registered at the behest of PM Oli: Chairman Dahal (rep 25/07/2020))

Push and pull of Nepali politics: After hectic political horse-trading, it is all quiet in Kathmandu this week, by Saindra Rai (nt 24/07/2020), You stab my back, I stab yours: Nepal's wily Oli has outfoxed his rivals yet again (nt 24/07/2020)

Tempest in the ruling party almost over after Dahal takes a conciliatory approach: Until a few weeks ago, Oli was cornered, but he has now managed to overpower mounting pressure to resign both as party chair and prime minister, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 22/07/2020), NCP co-chairs Dahal, Oli now fighting an ‘ideological battle’ (ht 22/07/2020), Intra-party row in NCP takes a new twist after PM Oli offers Dahal as chairman of unified party, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 22/07/2020), NCP Braces For Intra-Leadership Row, by Mukti Rijal (rn 23/07/2020)

NCP Standing Committee meeting postponed until July 28: Instructs party leaders, cadres to engage in rescue efforts (kh 21/07/2020)

More confusion in the ruling party as Dahal vacillates between Oli and Nepal: The Nepal faction, which has backed Dahal so far, is suspicious after reports that the party chair has reached a deal with Oli keeping his allies in the dark, by Anil Giri and Tika R. Pradhan (kp 20/07/2020), [In view of these completely irresponsible power struggles, the entire leadership of the NCP should resign immediately!],, No secret deal with Oli, Dahal assures NCP leaders (ht 20/07/2020), 186 coronavirus cases in past 24 hours take Nepal’s tally to 17,844 (kh 20/07/2020), Last-ditch effort being made for deal with PM Oli: Prachanda (kp 20/07/2020)

A tentative deal between Oli and Dahal saves ruling party from imminent split, for now: Senior leader Madhav Nepal says any backdoor dealings will not be accepted and that he will go to the party rank and file if the two chairs attempted to impose totalitarianism, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 19/07/2020), Oli refuses to quit as PM, party co-chair: Leaders say problem will be resolved through consensus, but a plan to achieve it remains elusive (ht 19/07/2020) [This sounds more like a denial of consensus!], In a bid to remain in power, PM Oli proposes general convention by mid-December (rep 19/07/2020), Oli, Dahal hold one-on-one meet (kh 19/07/2020), Dahal rules out ‘clandestine deal’ with PM Oli (kh 19/07/2020), NCP Standing Committee meeting postponed until Tuesday (kh 19/07/2020)

Ruling party Standing Committee put off yet again: Secretariat to meet on Saturday to discuss dispute over power-sharing, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 18/07/2020), Deferral of NCP Standing Committee draws flak, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 18/07/2020), NCP Secretariat meeting underway at Baluwatar (kh 18/07/2020), Already in minority, Oli proposes Nepal to become NCP chair (kh 18/07/2020)

Dispute in ruling party now set to reach Central Committee as Oli and Dahal fail to find a common ground: Madhav Nepal was invited to the meeting in hopes of a deal, but stalemate continues as Oli refused to resign either as party chair or prime minister, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 17/07/2020), Ruling party Standing Committee meeting postponed, yet again, until 3pm Sunday: Party chairs Oli and Dahal have sought more time to discuss the outstanding issues (kp 17/07/2020)

Oli-Dahal one-on-one meet inconclusive yet again: To meet again on Thursday (kh 15/07/2020), As Oli and Dahal seek to find a middle ground, pressure mounts to resume Standing Committee meeting: Insiders say the two chairs might be discussing a deal between them but they cannot ignore other senior leaders and the party committee, by Anil Giri (kp 16/0/2020), NCP Khumaltar meet decides to expedite SC meeting (kh 16/07/2020), Oli-Dahal-Nepal tripartite meeting underway at Baluwatar (kh 16/07/2020)

PM Oli and NCP Chair Dahal hold talks in Baluwatar (kh 14/07/2020)

Rift between ruling party chairpersons widening? Dahal says no one in the party has monopoly over nationalism (ht 13/07/2020) [Both Oli and Dahal are power-hungry anti-nationalists! Nepal's nationalism has to be inclusive, multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multi-lingual and anti-patriarchal!]

NCP Standing Committee divided on one-on-one talks, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 12/07/2020)

NCP Standing Committee Again Put Off Until July 17 (rn 10/07/2020), Standing Committee postponed by a week as Dahal and Oli attempt to hash out a deal: Although there has been little progress on a deal between the two chairs, second-rung leaders have been pushing for a quick but fair agreement to keep the party united, by Anil Giri (kp 11/07/2020)

Oli and Dahal agreeing to resume Standing Committee is a small step towards resolution, party insiders say: There are indications that both sides are slowly edging towards a solution to the party crisis with the Dahal faction tempering its demands and Oli agreeing to the Standing Committee, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 08/07/2020), NCP’s 'crucial' Standing Committee meeting deferred yet again, next meeting on Friday (rep 08/07/2020), NCP SC meeting put off for Friday morning (kh 08/07/2020), Oli, Dahal ‘one-on-one’ talks underway (kh 08/07/2020), Talks remain deadlocked as party chairs fail to find common ground despite six meetings: With Oli and Dahal unable to reach compromise, the ongoing Standing Committee meeting of the ruling party, has once again been postponed to Friday, by Anil Giri (kp 09/07/2020), NCP intra-party feud deepens with Oli-Dahal meeting nowhere in sight (kh 09/07/2020)

Oli and Dahal agree to continue talks as they declare a ‘ceasefire’ for now: While both party chairs agreed not to spoil the environment for dialogue, there has been little progress on resolving the ongoing crisis, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 07/07/2020)) [These ruthless power struggles of failed politicians are simply no longer bearable. Both of them and a whole series of older, high-caste men should make room for an inclusive and non-patriarchal young generation: Women, Janajatis, Madheshis, Dalits and a maximum of 30 percent Tagadharis, of whom about half should also be women! Nepal is not the property of male Bahuns!], Oli-Dahal ‘one-on-one’ talks conclude: Agree to continue Standing Committee meeting (kh 07/07/2020)

The Roots Of Crisis In NCP, by Mukunda Raj Kattel (rn 06/07/2020)

Chinese envoy meets NCP senior leader Nepal ahead of ruling party’s crucial Standing Committee meeting (rep 06/07/2020), Chinese Ambassador on the move yet again; meets NCP senior leader Nepal (kh 06/07/2020), Why does Chinese Ambassador Hou hustle as NCP feud escalates? (kh 06/07/2020) [???]

Oli-Prachanda ‘decisive’ talks inconclusive: To meet again on Monday (kh 05/07/2020), Feud continues in the ruling party as Oli-Dahal talks fail: Both leaders maintain their position but none wants to be seen as the trigger for a party split, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 06/07/2020), Oli, Dahal’s bid to save party unity continues: NCP Central Committee members put pressure on the leadership to hold committee meeting, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 06/07/2020), One-to-one meet between NCP Co-chairs ends inconclusively, yet again (ht), Oli-Dahal meet concludes; Dahal insists on ‘one-on-one’ talks (kh 06/07/2020), NCP Standing Committee Meeting Put Off Again Till Wednesday (rn 06/07/2020), NCP Standing Committee meeting postponed yet again (kh 06/07/2020)

How the strongest communist force in Nepali history came so close to imploding: Oli’s arrogance and Dahal’s ambition have both derailed the Nepal Communist Party so much that it is now on the verge of a split, party insiders and political analysts say, by Anil Giri (kp 04/07/2020), Confusion reigns in the ruling party as factions remain deadlocked: Talks between rival party chairs Oli and Dahal failed after the former refused to step down in any capacity, neither as party chair nor prime minister, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 04/07/2020), Oli asks party’s sister organisations to help create a favourable environment for him: Analysts, however, say if Oli had lived up to the people’s expectations, they would have raised their voice in his support, by Binod Ghimire (kp 04/07/2020), Oli, Dahal in bid to save NCP unity, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 04/07/2020)

NCP leaders call for party unity as intra-party feud deepens (kh 03/07/2020),  PM Oli and Dahal hold talks to narrow down differences: Second generation leaders take initiatives to bring two sides together (kh 03/07/2020), A cornered Oli prorogues the House and considers splitting the ruling party: Party insiders say that Oli is planning to reintroduce an ordinance that will make it easier for him to split the party, and is also seeking support from the opposition, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 03/07/2020), PM Oli-Prachanda agree to narrow down differences (kh 03/07/2020)

Factions in ruling party harden positions and devise strategies to prevail over the other: The Dahal and Oli factions both held separate meetings on Wednesday to chart out a path forward, with Oli deciding to fight until the last, by Anil Giri (kp 02/07/2020), PM advised to reach out to rival NCP faction: We can’t let things go awry in the name of party unity, says Dahal, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 02/07/2020), Dahal-Nepal camp chalks out agenda for Thursday’s Standing Committee meeting (kh 02/07/2020), NCP Chair Dahal holds meeting with PM Oli’s confidants (kh 02/07/2020), PM Oli calls cabinet meeting (kh 02/07/2020), Is NCP heading closer to a split?, by Ishwar Dev Khanal (kh 02/07/2020

Top NCP leaders ask PM Oli to step down as intra-party dispute peaks (rep 30/06/2020), Leaders call for Oli’s resignation as both prime minister and party chair: Senior party leaders, including chair Dahal, ask Oli to vacate both positions as his actions have placed the ruling party and government in a difficult position, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 01/07/2020), Oli calls Cabinet ministers, some Standing Committee members to Baluwatar for consultation: The meeting comes a day after senior leaders demanded Oli's resignation both as party chair and prime minister (kp 01/07/2020)

Oli skipping meeting in order to avoid criticism is disgraceful, party leaders say: Oli knows that the Standing Committee is preparing to ask him to choose between the prime ministership and the party chair, Tika R. Pradhan (kp 27/06/2020), Oli attends NCP's Standing Committee meeting briefly (rep 27/06/2020)

Ruling party’s Standing Committee meet begins with opening salvos from the two party chairs: Although Wednesday’s meeting did not discuss anything substantial, Oli and Dahal both made speeches blaming the other for failures within the party and the government, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 25/06/2020), NCP co-chairs take jibes at each other (ht 25/06/2020), Oli scrambles to prevent censure but Dahal is adamant: Oli realises his position in party and government is shaky, with a proposal asking him to give up party chair or prime minister likely to be endorsed by the Standing Committee, by Anil Giri (kp 26/06/2020)

In anticipation of criticism at Wednesday’s Standing Committee, Oli makes overtures to other party factions: Oli has long been avoiding the Standing Committee, where he is in the minority, but he is now scrambling to garner support, especially for the MCC, insiders say, by Tika R. Pradhan and Anil Giri (kp 24/06/2020), NCP Standing Committee meeting adjourned till Friday (kh 24/06/2020(

NCP decides to make foreign women married to Nepali nationals wait for 7 years after marriage to acquire citizenship (rep 20/06/2020) [Any unequal treatment of women and men is a blatant violation of the principle of equality of the Constitution and internationally recognised human rights. The male Tagdhari, who dominate Nepal, show here their archaic-patriarchal way of thinking, which denies Nepalese women a free choice of partner and life style. Only foreign wives of Nepalese men are entitled to naturalization, whenever, but never the foreign husbands of Nepalese women!], All-male party Secretariat decides on citizenship, an issue that largely concerns women: If the ruling Nepal Communist Party does not take steps to make its committees more inclusive, its decisions could lose moral authority, women leaders say, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 21/06/2020), Residence permit with economic, social and cultural rights proposed for foreign women married to Nepali nationals until they get citizenship cards (rep 21/06/2020) [And Nepali women who are married to foreigners have to leave the country? But of course, women are not really human beings and citizens, only men, especially male Bahuns! What arrogance! What machismo!!]

Ruling party’s virtual meeting with the Chinese Communist Party draws widespread criticism for being ill-timed: Politicians say that such meetings at a time of heightened tensions between India and China will raise questions about Nepal’s commitment to its own non-aligned foreign policy by Anil Giri (kp 20/06/2020)

Oli, once again, cancels party’s Secretariat meeting called to discuss MCC: Prime minister’s aide says the meeting was called off as Oli was exhausted, but the party leaders are not convinced, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 15/06/2020)

There’s silence in ruling party as protests continue on streets. But it could be the calm before the storm, insiders say: Leaders are biding time before upping the ante against Oli, who according to them, is trying to run the government and party with an iron fist, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 13/06/2020)

Oli avoids NCP secretariat meeting on MCC (ht 24/05/2020)

Two years since the birth of the Nepal Communist Party, not much to show except for infighting and power politics: The party had the possibility of transforming the country, given its massive mandate and overwhelming strength. But it has squandered all opportunity, say analysts, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 16/05/2020)

NCP summons Standing Committee meeting on Wednesday (kh 12/05/2020), NCP standing committee meeting postponed (ht 14/05/2020)

With the new twist in internal dynamics, ruling party defers Standing Committee: Oli walks out of Secretariat meeting, citing health reasons, after coming under pressure again, by Anil Giri (kp 07/05/2020)), NCP’s internal disputes intensify as Standing Committee meeting is postponed (rep 07/05/2020), Oli might have avoided the Standing Committee so far but he can’t keep putting it off forever, say party leaders: According to ruling party insiders, Oli is afraid that a Standing Committee meet will lead to assessment of his government and subsequently, call for his resignation, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 08/05/2020), Top NCP leaders seek Standing Committee meeting: Dahal to meet the prime minister and reschedule the Standing Committee meeting soon (ht 08/05/2020)

Opportunity For Stronger Unity In NCP, by Gopal Khanal (rn) [Yes, by replacing all top leaders of the party!!]

A deal might have been reached in the ruling party but suspicions remain: Many party leaders do not trust Oli to live up to his promises, given numerous past instances of him not implementing agreements, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 06/05/2020)

NCP intra-party feud thaws dramatically, by Bhupal Luitel (kh 05/05/2020)

By courting Dahal and Gautam, Oli has effectively silenced opponents’ calls for his resignation: Oli has offered to get Gautam elected to the lower house ‘at an appropriate time’, and has broken the Bhaisepati alliance—at least for now, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 03/05/2020), Oli, Dahal-Nepal camps avert crisis in NCP: Leaders engage in self-criticism, party to field Gautam for HoR polls, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht0 3/05/2020), Reports of NCP fielding Bamdev Gautam from Palpa-1 are baseless: NCP MP Rana (rep 03/05/2020) [Democracy along the authoritarian Oli way? Hopefully, the voters will know how to punish such misbehaviour!], How the crisis in ruling party was averted and each leader got what they wanted: A deal has been reached to allow KP Sharma Oli to continue as prime minister for the full five-year term while Pushpa Kamal Dahal gets to run the party and Bamdev Gautam to enter Parliament, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 04/05/2020), Did China factor abate NCP’s heightened rift? (kh 04/05/2020)

NCP’s Rift Threatens Political Stability, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 03/05/2020)

Ruling NCP's Secretariat meeting underway (rep 02/05/2020), PM Oli in no mood to resign now, garners majority in Secretariat (kh 02/05/2020)

All eyes on Oli as Secretariat members await his roadmap to address party feud: While Gautam toys with the idea of taking charge as prime minister, Nepal and Dahal are not keen on the proposal, party insiders say, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 02/05/2020) [The current constitution would not be worth the paper it was printed on if a politician who has been rejected by the people on several occasions and is therefore not even a member of parliament were made prime minister!], PM Oli, Bamdev meet ahead of Secretariat meeting (kh 02/05/2020)

NCP task force concludes MCC is part of Indo-Pacific Strategy: Suggests amending 11 points of MCC Compat (kh 01/05/2020)

Secretariat of ruling party to meet again on Saturday (ht 30/04/2020), NCP senior Nepal rejects PM Oli’s ‘third chairman’ offer (kh 01/05/2020), Dahal, Nepal meet to chalk out strategy for Secretariat meeting (kh 01/05/2020)

What is the next wave?, by Sambridhi Gyawali (rep 30/04/2020), Worst is yet to come: As long as Oli remains in power, there will be conflict inside the NCP and uproar against him. Once he goes, there may be a celebration for some time but another series of power games will follow, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep 30/04/2020)

Cornered everywhere, Oli looks to Parliamentary Party for support, but even there, he’s short: As Oli’s opponents control the party Secretariat, Standing Committee, and Central Committee with sizeable majorities, the only chance he stands is in the Parliamentary Party, by Tika R. Pradhan and Anil Giri (kp 30/04/2020), In a bid to buy more time, Oli dangles prime minister and party chair bait to Gautam and Nepal: Oli, whose position has become tenuous, made the surprise proposal after Secretariat members asked him to step down, by Anil Giri (kp 30/04/30) [Oli once again proves that he neither knows the Nepalese constitution nor is he interested in democratic principles and procedures: The person to be elected Prime Minister must be a member of parliament. However, Gautam has been repeatedly rejected by the electorate, a fact that also disqualifies him from a moral point of view!]

NCP Secretariat meet underway (kh 29/04/2020)

Factions fail to see eye to eye, leaving Oli in a tenuous position in the ruling party: After failing to reach a deal with the Madhav Nepal faction, Oli will now face the Secretariat and the Standing Committee, both of which are allied against him, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 28/04/2020), PM Oli collects lawmakers’ signature to prove his majority: Dahal-Nepal camp, too, follow-suit (kh)

PM Oli-Dahal meet; Secretariat meet uncertain (kh 28/04/2020)

Rival NCP faction miffed at Prime Minister Oli (ht 27/04/2020), Tough times ahead for Oli as party likely to ask him to choose between leading the country and leading the party: A majority of Secretariat and Standing Committee members have demanded a Standing Committee meeting where they plan to ask Oli to step down as prime minister, by Anil Giri (kp 27/04/2020), NCP leaders meeting to thrash out differences (kh 27/04/2020), NCP leader Nepal and PM Oli hold a one-on-one meeting (kh 27/04/2020), Dahal-Khanal meet (kh 27/04/2020)

Oli’s sudden issuance of two ordinances raises concerns of a party split in the making: One particular ordinance to amend provisions regarding new party registration has alarmed the political spectrum, especially as it comes in the middle of a pandemic, by Anil Giri and Tika R. Pradhan (kp 21/04/2020)

Oli and Dahal attempt to make amends to avoid looking like each side is taking advantage of a crisis: Although internal divisions remain, both factions of the ruling party seek a compromise, but not many are optimistic, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 20/04/2020)

Covid-19 could have united the ruling party but it has only exposed already frayed divisions: Oli has taken Dahal’s proposal to form an all-party mechanism personally as an attempt to oust his government, party insiders say, by Tika R. Pradhan and Anil Giri (kp 14/04/2020)

Oli government’s fiascos provide opportunity for rival factions to pounce: The Madhav Nepal and Pushpa Kamal Dahal factions of the ruling party have seized the moment to criticise Oli’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis, party insiders say, by Tika R. Pradhan.(kp 05/04/2020) [This must not be the time of power struggles! It's an occasion to replace the failed old leader generation of ll parties by a young, dynamic, competent and charismatic generation!], Ruling NCP leaders demand Secretariat meeting as govt faces widespread criticism (rep 05/04/2020)

Divisions in ruling party manifest in appointment of National Assembly general secretary: The appointment by House Speaker Agni Sapkota, a former Maoist, has been opposed by National Assembly Chair Ganesh Timilsina, an Oli appointee, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 17/03/2020)

In Oli’s absence, two ruling party factions vie for Madhav Nepal’s favour: Nepal has emerged as a key player in the party as both Oli and Dahal factions want him on their side to tilt the nine-member Secretariat, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 13/03/2020) [They all are part of Nepal' failed generation of party politicians and should be replaced immediately by a younger and socially inclusive generation, best under the leadership of a woman with ethnic background! Intra-party factionalism must be ended!!]

Ruling party tug of war: NCP second-rung leaders intensify talks, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 11/03/2020)

If we do not put the people and the country at the centre, politics will turn into an evil game: The Nepal Communist Party leader speaks about current party dynamics, the Bamdev Gautam affair and a way out of the infighting, interview with Raghuji Pant (kp 10/03/2020)

The ruling party has failed in ruling: It seems that constant infighting among ruling party leaders is severely disrupting governance, by Deepak Thapa (kp 05/03/2020)

Oli recalling Paudyal from China is part of his attempt to manage party dynamics: On Sunday, Oli recalled Leelamani Paudyal, the ambassador to China, and proposed Mahendra Pandey, believed to be a confidante of Madhav Kumar Nepal’s, in his place, by Anil Giri and Tika R. Pradhan (kp 03/03/2020)

Oli, Dahal headed for a truce, but factional feud is unlikely to end: Even if the two leaders make concessions for now, power exercise will continue in the party, insiders say, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 01/03/2020), One man’s political ambitions have kicked up a storm in the Nepal Communist Party: Bamdev Gautam’s desire for power has created a furore in the ruling party, but leaders in the past have used him too for their own benefits, say insiders, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 01/03/2020)

Oli is cornered in the ruling party and there is no one to blame but himself: Over the last two years, Oli has ignored genuine calls for changes to his unilateral working style, which alienated many leaders who were once on his side, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 29/02/2020) [This has to do with incompetence and arrogance, which can also be found among most other so-called leaders of this generation of politicians!], Oli-Dahal tug of war continues, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 29/02/2020)

Ruling party appears headed for another confrontation between Oli and Dahal: As the Oli and Dahal factions butt head over Bamdev Gautam, there are fears that an escalation could seriously damage the party, by Anil Giri (kp 28/02/2020), Ruling party’s decision to name Gautam for Upper House against spirit of constitution, say experts: Constitution envisions three National Assembly members nominated by president, but their recommendation needs to be made by the government, not the party, by Binod Ghimire (kp 28/02/2020)

NCP taskforce submits report on MCC (ht 22/02/2020), No endorsement of MCC without revisions: NCP panel report, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 22/02/2020), Divisions in the ruling party over the MCC put Oli government in a bind: With the taskforce formed to resolve the issue raising more questions than providing answers, the Nepal Communist Party is tied in knots, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 23/02/2020). Amending the MCC Nepal compact could violate the Vienna Convention: According to the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, a treaty once signed cannot be revised later by altering its primary purpose and objective, by Binod Ghimire (kp 26/02/2020)

Rival NCP student union factions clash in Chitwan, three arrested (rep 18/02/2020)

Conflict is brewing between ruling party and provincial and local governments, say leaders: Heads of government do not seem to want to consult with the Nepal Communist Party’s provincial committees, despite a directive from the central committee, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 17/02/2020)

Two years after merger, differences remain in Nepal Communist Party over ‘people’s war’: While former Maoists continue to extol the war as a historic event, former UML leaders are yet to endorse it wholeheartedly, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 16/02/2020)

Jumla continues to be neglected, by Dhan Bahadur Budha (rep 16/02/2020)

The chairman has an identity crisis: Pushpa Kamal Dahal is torn between his two selves: an insidious, crafty Prachanda who will go on the offensive to get what he wants, and a gentle, pragmatic Pushpa Kamal who can placate opposing factions and win over the media, by Anil Giri (kp 15/02/2020)

NCP taskforce formed to study MCC seeks deadline extension , by Roshan S.Nepal(ht 13/02/2020)

Nepali village reels under shortage of essentials after China closes border crossing: In a temporary fix, Nepali Army chopper ferries 4250kg rice to the area on Saturday, but officials don’t know what to do if the closure continues, by Dipendra Shakya (kp 09/02/2020)

After Central Committee meeting, Dahal appears to have the upper hand, but Oli has not given up yet: Dahal's newfound strength is not necessarily a good thing for the party, as there is certain to be more manoeuvring, party leaders say, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 09/02/2020), Dahal describes his changing stance as characteristic of a dynamic leader: I don’t wish to become prime minister anytime soon, the ruling party co-chair says, by Binod Ghimire (kp)

Ruling party debates directly elected executive head once again. This time, it has the numbers: With many central members in favour of a directly elected head, the party could get the motion passed in Parliament as it has a two-thirds majority, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 05/01/2020))

Once sidelined, Bamdev Gautam emerges powerful again in NCP (rep 04/02/2020)

Despite not being on the agenda, MCC dominates NCP’s central committee meet: A majority of Central Committee members are against endorsing the US-led grant programme in its current form, say party leaders, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 03/02/2020), Khanal heads NCP team to study MCC, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 03/02/2020)

NCP amends party statute to make Bamdev Gautam vice-chair: Though some questioned the rationale behind amending the statute for one individual, the proposal was endorsed unanimously (kp 03/02/2020) [All the failed male Bahun "leaders"need top positions! Participation of other social gropus, especially of women, is not necessary!]

Central committee members take top leadership to task over corruption and exclusion: Most of the 15 groups formed to facilitate discussions spoke about the failure of the Oli administration to control corruption and ensure representation, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 01/02/2020), NCP CC members demand top leaders disclose their property (rep 01/0/2020), Central Committee meeting exposes divisions in NCP but leaders say it can also be a platform for putting differences to rest: Many in the ruling party believe the merger was a hasty decision which was made without taking a host of issues into account, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 02/02/2020), ‘Leaders holding public positions acting as rulers’ (rep 02/02/2020)

Leadership’s interpretation of IPS and BRI leads to divisions in ruling party: Siding with one global power and opposing another will affect Nepal’s policy of non-alignment, foreign policy analysts say, by Anil Giri (kp 31/01/2020)

NCP chairperson Dahal proposes party's general convention from April 7 to 12 next year, by Tapendra Karki (rep 30/01/2020)

MCC row set to resurface at NCP’s CC meet (rep 28/01/2020)

Unwarranted move: The ruling Nepal Communist Party is not only trying to inject its communist ideologies in politics but in the society as well (ht 22/01/2020)

Dahal-Nepal alliance set to keep Oli in check, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 21/01/2020)

Sapkota for House Speaker is a win for the Maoist faction of ruling party: Dahal, who had long been sidelined by Oli in the party, has bounced back and ensured that the Maoists maintain at least one high-level state position, by Anil Giri (kp 21/01/2020) [But it can change into the opposite if it turns out that Sapkota is rightly accused of murder. Furthermore, Dahal makes it clear that he does not want the crimes of the uprising to be solved nor does he want appropriate social inclusion!]

NCP comes up with 11-point code of conduct for cadres (ht 21/01/2020) [??? This would mean that the cadres should behave completely differently from the high-caste men at the top of the party!]

Conflict victims and human rights activists cry foul over Agni Sapkota for Speaker: Sapkota, who faces a murder charge for an insurgency-era killing, has been proposed for House Speaker by the ruling party, by Anil Giri and Tika R. Pradhan (kp 20/01/2020) [The NCP proves once again that it protects and encourages potential murderers. People who take responsibility for the murder of 5000 people decide on this. The NCP's commitment to peace, justice, the rule of law and social inclusion proves to be a sheer mockery!]

Dispute within NCP over Speaker leaves Deputy Speaker’s poll homework in backburner: Despite posturing, Tumbahangphe is sure to step down once Speaker candidate is finalized (rep 19/01/2020)

Is the party over? Elected representatives have now replaced hereditary monarchs in offering patronage and largesse. It is difficult to say whether ‘people’ are upset with current political culture or are exhibiting some form of ‘abnormality’ in their responses to it, by Pranab Kharel (rep 15/01/2020)

Battle for House Speaker ignites serious disputes in ruling NCP (rep 15/01/2020)

Ruling party’s indecision over Speaker puts a halt to the House business: While some have pointed to the deputy Speaker’s refusal to resign as an obstacle, it is the ruling party’s factional infighting that is holding the House hostage, insiders say, by Anil Giri (kp 13/01/2020), Shiva Maya Tumbahangphe wants to be the next Speaker and she’s not backing down: The deputy speaker’s fight for the post shows that despite being eminently qualified, women are still relegated to deputy positions, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 13/01/2020), NCP indecision forces another HoR deferral, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 13/01/2020) [This is not indecision but the clear decision that the male Bahun leaders do not want a women from an ethnic group for this job!], Tumbahangphe fights back against patriarchy in party (rep 13/01/2020)

NCP leadership’s highhandedness and indecision on Speaker show democratic disconnect: By imposing decisions on elected officials, who are the representatives of the people, the ruling party is ruining democratic principles, analysts and party insiders say, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 12/01/2020), NCP decides Tumbahangphe must quit, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 12/01/2020) [The male Bahun leaders of the party want a male person as speaker, so the ethnic lady must go! There cannot be enough male politicians in top positions, but according to the constitution it is not the party that has the right to decide on her resignation!]

A divided house, ruling party has yet to decide on Speaker candidate: While the Speaker’s post is a bone of contention, the party is split deeper over the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Nepal compact, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 10/01/2020)

NCP members say leadership deferred Central Committee meet to avoid criticism: The crucial meeting decided for tomorrow by the recently concluded Standing Committee has been postponed to January 23, by Tika R.Pradhan (kp 07/01/2020)

Former Maoist leaders in ruling party fear their apprehensions about merger are coming true: The Maoists are already a minority in Nepal Communist Party as they had merged with 40 percent share in committees; Leaders who quit the party over the merger say they had long foreseen thecurrent situation, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 05/01/2020), Oli, Dahal tussle over candidate for speaker affects HoR meeting (ht 05/01/2020) [Criminal power games for the sake of nepotism!]

NCP leadership takes unilateral decision as it picks National Assembly candidates: The party leadership failed to live up to its recent commitment to following due process, accuse leaders, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 04/01/2019) [Long live the authoritarian male political leaders and their anti-democratic behaviour!], NCP finalises NA election candidates (ht 04/01/2020) [Wow, really inclusive: Far more than half of them are Bahuns!]

Dispute within foils NCP bid to settle upper house candidates: Meeting unable to choose speaker candidate either  (rep 03/01/2020)

Afraid of being sidelined, former Maoists refuse to give up Speaker’s post: If the Maoist faction of the ruling party lets go of House Speaker, all of the highest-ranking state officials will be from the former UML, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 01/01/220)

NCP must review by-election defeat, says senior leader Nepal (ht 01/01/2012)

NCP still struggling to pick a speaker candidate (rep 31/12/2019)

NCP Confronting Challenges, by Kushal Pokharel (rn 30/12/2019)

NCP’s indecision on Speaker also exposes deeply entrenched patriarchy in the party: Tumbahangphe is keen on becoming Speaker, but leadership is fighting to install someone of their choice—and the leaders they have in mind are men, by Binod Ghimire (kp 29/12/2019) [What is true for the NCP is true for all political parties in Nepal!]

Speaker, dy speaker election uncertain as row within NCP worsens (rep 27/12/2019), House meeting postponed as ruling NCP fails to pick its candidate for speaker (rep 27/12/2019) [Obviously, the NCP is still far away from internal unity!], Tendency to undermine Parliament detrimental to democracy, analysts say: As party leaders feud over Speaker, there’re concerns about the crucial bill session bearing the brunt, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 29/12/2019)

Dahal defers proposal to make party secretariat more inclusive: The proposal, tabled by two women standing committee members, envisions turning the all-male nine-member secretariat into a 15-member inclusive body, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 25/12/2019) [This reflects the arrogance of the male Bahun elite that dominates all political parties and tries to uphold the non-inclusive state at any cost!]

Maoist faction miffed by Dahal's nod for Nembang as new speaker, by Ashok Dahal (rep 24/12/2019)

Nepal Communist Party standing committee meet shelves issues for central committee: Though the ruling party’s meeting was expected to discuss and decide on crucial issues, it deferred them all to the upcoming central committee meeting, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 23/12/2019)

NCP meeting prolonged as some leaders seek clarity on MCC grant (rep 22/12/2019)

Co-chairs' introspective document fails to allay leaders' concerns: The decision to enter into an electoral alliance with Rastriya Janata Party without informing the party has been widely criticised in the Nepal Communist Party Standing Committee, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 21/12/2019)

NCP head office housed illegally in Pasang Lhamu Foundation building, by Sunil Sapkota (rep 21/12/2019)

NCP leadership admits weakness on their part and points out a host of issues that are plaguing the party: Pushpa Kamal Dahal presents political document at the first standing committee in a year, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 16/12/2019), NCP convention proposed in April ’21, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 16/12/2019), As ruling party Standing Committee meeting continues, top leadership is roundly criticised: Party leaders blamed the leadership for failing to hold regular meetings, which has only served to entrench factionalism within the party, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 17/12/2019), NCP leaders criticize party leadership (rep 19/12/2019)

Dahal has his plate full as ruling party begins crucial meet today: Pushpa Kamal Dahal has to deal with a host of issues during the two-day standing committee meeting which is being held after almost a year, b y Tika R. Pradhan (kp 15/12/2019)

Polarisation deepens in Congress after Deuba fails to table plan for general convention: Opposing factions accuse the party president of attempting to evade the responsibility of holding the general convention, by Anil Giri (kp 13/12/2019)

Communism NCP’s ultimate goal: Ruling party’s statute amended to include the provision, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 10/12/2019)

Dahal attempts to exercise his executive muscle but there are challenges ahead: In order to form the politburo and call a standing committee meeting, Dahal will have to cater to growing factionalism in the party, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 09/12/2019)

Anger brews within ruling party (rep 08/12/2019)

NCP directs party bodies to submit poll report (ht 05/12/2019)

Dharan election, a cause for concern for ruling NCP (ht 03/12/2019), NCP leaders stress on the need for introspection (ht 04/12/2019)

Oli handed Dahal the party reins—and took it back just as quickly: Despite agreeing to make Dahal the executive chairman of the ruling party, Oli hasn’t shown willingness to let go of power, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 28/11/2019)

With ruling party dynamics satisfied, the hunt begins for a new House Speaker: Subas Nembang and Agni Sapkota are the strongest candidates from the ruling party but Deputy Speaker Shiva Maya Tumbahangphe will not be giving up her claim easily, party leaders say, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 25/11/2019)

Oli to offer party reins to Dahal in exchange for his own men in cabinet: The prime minister, who had long appeared reluctant to hand over party matters to his co-chair, will now allow Dahal to handle party matters, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 18/11/2019), Dahal to command party while Oli will remain prime minister for the full term: Given the growing dissatisfaction within the party and his failing health, Oli was finding it increasingly difficult to manage both the government and the party, by Binod Ghimire (kp 21/11/2019), Oli to complete full term as PM: Dahal to have executive power to lead Nepal Communist Party, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 21/11/2019), Reshuffling Cabinet And Adjusting Power Sharing, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 21/11/2019)

NCP's central departments get office bearers (rep 12/11/2019)

NCP mulls ousting Tumbahamphe as deputy speaker (rep 08/11/2019)

Oli’s tendency to bulldoze decisions riles a section of ruling party leaders: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is showing authoritarian traits in a bid to consolidate power, party insiders say, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 06/11/2019)

Four workers trapped in Bajhang hydropower tunnel found dead after 24hrs: Police believe all four men, who had been trapped since Sunday, died of suffocation, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 05/11/2019)

Government picks new governors after sacking Deuba-period appointees: President Bhandari will administer oath of office to new governors on Tuesday; The nominees of senior leader Nepal were rejected by the secretariat meeting, by Tilak R. Pradhan (kp 05/11/2019)

Ruling party to discuss government leadership and other political issues after doctors decide on Oli’s future medical course: At a Secretariat meeting, the prime minister briefed leaders on his health condition and told them that it deteriorated unexpectedly fast, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 03/10/2019)

Dahal appears willing to shed Maoist colours if it wins him UML camp’s favour: The ruling party co-chair’s recent statements have led many to wonder if Pushpa Kamal Dahal is ready to go to any extent to appeal to former UML members, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 28/10/2019)

NCP Kaski committee picks Bidhya Bhattarai as by-election candidate: Bhattarai is the widow of Rabindra Adhikari, the minister for culture, tourism and civil aviation who died in a helicopter crash in Taplejung on February 27, by Deepak Pariyar (kp 26/10/2019)

No Oli-Dahal pact, says Pokhrel (ht 26/10/2019) [???], Dahal at odds with Oli over multiple issues but denies any differences (rep 26/10/2019)

With Oli maintaining grip on both party and government, Dahal feels sidelined: Dahal has been consistently pointing out to past agreements between the two chairmen and remarking that there’s nothing for him to do anymore, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 21/10/2019)

Ruling Nepal Communist Party stares at tough by-election: Government’s poor show and controversies surrounding some leaders could affect performance during polls, analysts say, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 14/10/2019)

A riddle, wrapped in a mystery: What ideological identity the Nepal Communist Party subscribes to remains unclear, by Lok Raj Baral (kp 14/10/2019)

Xi meets NCP secretariat members (ht 14/10/2019), Xi stresses importance of integrity, good governance in communist party (rep 14/10/2019)

Oli unlikely to hand over party reins to Dahal anytime soon: Before leaving for Singapore in August, many had believed the two co-chairs had agreed to share responsibility, but Oli shows no signs of letting go, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 30/09/2019)

Co-chair Dahal slams his party’s deviant course (ht 24/09/2019)

Pressure mounts on Oli to cede party reins to Dahal (rep 18/09/2019)

NCP ‘resorting to fear-mongering’: Dahal’s appeal to youths to ‘counter’ forces that are trying to fail the system condemned by civil society (ht 17/09/2019)

Ruling party prepares for mass gatherings but party leaders say they have nothing to tell the people: The Nepal Communist Party is planning mass gatherings to connect the party to the people, but many are unconvinced if the campaign will yield anything useful, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 13/09/2019)

As ruling party prepares for secretariat meeting, leaders are confused about what’s next: Insiders say the top leaders are playing cards close to their chests, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 11/09/2019)

Dahal at odds with govt over Kailali lynchings: By siding with the Tharu people, Dahal has put himself at odds with many of his NCP colleagues who see the Kailali massacre as the most gruesome crime post-Maoist insurgency (rep 09/09/2019)

In the ruling party, leaders wait and anticipate Oli’s next steps: KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal appear to be on the same page, but it’s not clear if they have decided on ‘one leader, one responsibility’, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 08/09/2019), NCP leaders seek clear work division between two party chiefs (rep 08/09/2019)

NCP unification process to be over soon, claims party co-chair (kp 06/09/2019)

As discontent grows, ruling party plans a show of strength: Mass meetings are being planned by the Nepal Communist Party in the wake of numerous protests by the people, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 03/09/2019)

‘NCP office bearers will be appointed through consensus in first convention’, interview with Jhala Nath Khanal (ht 02/09/2019) [In a democratic party, office bearers should not be appointed on the basis of consensus among the top leaders, but they should be elected!]

With Oli out of the country, Dahal sees opportunity to make moves: While the former Maoist chairman hasn’t given up on leading government, he is now focused on party leadership, insiders say, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 31/08/2019), Co-chair Dahal’s activities under Oli’s scrutiny, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 01/09/2019)

In a new move, the ruling Nepal Communist Party tries to muzzle its leaders: The party has barred leaders from expressing dissent in public and from criticising the leadership and government, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 27/08/2019), No raising internal issues in public: NCP; ‘Those dissatisfied can talk about it in party meetings’ (ht 27/08/2019), NCP bars its leaders, cadres from airing dissent in public (rep 27/08/2019), Stifling dissent of members is no way to run a political party: If the party is structured to be democratic, the leaders must show some regard for such values (kp 28/08/2019) [None of the political parties is democratic unstructure and mind, regardless of the party concerned!], Let them speak: NCP ruling against dissent (rep 29/08/2019)

As internal row escalates, the ruling party attempts to rein in dissent: The top leadership is now seeking clarifications from any leaders who publicly criticise the party or the government, insiders say, by Tika RE. Pradhan (kp 26/08/2019)

The spectre of factionalism from UML days is haunting the Nepal Communist Party: Leadership should work to turn challenges into opportunity, ruling party insiders say, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 25/08/2019)

Dahal foresees communists’ downfall: Says they should stop behaving like maharajahs (ht 24/08/2019)

Prime minister, Nepal trade barbs, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 23/08/2019), Just a couple of days after note of dissent row, Nepal Oli trade barbs (rep 23/08/2019), Expressing 'regret', Nepal and Oli poised to mend fences (rep 24/08/2019)

Nepal to counter Oli, Dahal with note of dissent, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 20/08/2019) [May the male Bahun fighting within this party go on for eternity! Male Bahuns, who constitute only six per cent of the population, fill half of the leading positions within the special committees of the NCP! Of course, this is not criticised by male Bahun Mahav Kumar Nepal !], Nepal condemns Oli in dissent note, by Jagdisjor Panday (ht 21/08/2019), Leader Nepal registers note of dissent (rep 21/08/2019), Nepal’s note of dissent is likely to reignite conflict within ruling party: Nepal has once again brought up the ‘one person, one responsibility’ debate, targeting Co-chair KP Sharma Oli, by Anil Giri (kp 21/08/2019)

Prime Minister Oli’s parliamentary address leaves his party wondering: The statement seemed to put a firm end to the gentleman’s agreement with Dahal which said they would take turns to lead the government, by Anil Giri (kp 19/08/2019), Oli rules out vacating PM’s post for Dahal (ht 19/08/2019), NCP chairperson Dahal hints at changing leadership of government, by Suresh Yadav (rep 19/08/2019)

Khanal No 3 in NCP hierarchy, by Jagdishor Panday (kp 19/08/2019), Disgruntled leader Nepal to present ‘note of dissent’, by Kamal Subedi (rep 19/08/2019)

There’s a semblance of calm in the ruling party, but the storm is not over yet: If not addressed well, at least three issues can easily upset the applecart, say party insiders, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 18/08/2019), Dahal not happy with party unification? (ht 18/08/2019), Khanal lobbying for NCP third rank (ht 18/08/2019)

Ruling party finally picks its department heads: Ishwar Pokhrel will lead the party’s School Department, one of the most contested departments, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 17/08/2019), NCP announces heads, co-heads of departments: Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokharel to lead School Deptt; Of the 32 department heads of the party, only two are women, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 17/08/2019) [Non-inclusion and continued dominance of male Tagadharis, expecially Bahuns!], New power balance at top in NCP helped Oli pick dept chiefs (rep 17/08/2019)

After a brief respite, ruling party sees turmoil again: Bamdev Gautam has increasingly been acting as an interlocutor between former UML leaders, by Anil Giri (kp 15/08/2019), NCP defers secretariat meeting yet again, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 15/08/2019), Ruling party secretariat meeting postponed yet again after prime minister takes ill: After Oli came down with a sudden fever, the secretariat meeting, already postponed twice, was cancelled for the day , by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 16/08/2019)

Once staunch anti-imperialists, the Maoists are now singing a different tune: Since their merger with the UML, the former Maoists have all but abandoned their once vociferous vilification of India and the US, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 13/08/2019)

NCP collects suggestions to appoint deptt heads, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 11/08/2019)

‘Killing two birds with one stone’: ‘Oli has outwitted Dahal with Bhattarai’s appointment’ (ht 01/08/2019)

With little representation in top leadership, former Maoist leaders fear being swallowed by the former UML: Former UML leaders hold a majority in most leadership bodies, leading the former Maoists to worry that their identity is being subsumed by their former rivals, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 31/07/2019)

NCP Sectt meet put off till August 13 (ht 30/07/2019), Oli, Dahal to go abroad (ht 30/07/2019) [Both will hopefully pay for these trips out of their own pockets and not export more than the 1500 dollars allowed by their government!], PM leaving for Singapore for regular checkup: Nomination of party central dept chiefs put on hold (rep 30/07/2019)

Ruling party’s repeated failures to ensure representation call its commitment to inclusion into question: The recent selection of the top leadership in its district and metropolis committees has shown a distinct failure to be inclusive, which is mandated by law, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 29/07/2019)

Unified in haste, cracks continue  to surface within  the ruling party: At a time when the row over school department is yet to  settle, a new conflict has flared in the party’s youth wing, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 28/07/2019), NCP leaders pressure Oli, Dahal to end dispute, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 28/07/2019), Nepal Communist Party meet cancelled (ht 29/07/2019)

Picking NCP dept chiefs gets knottier as more honchos join fray (rep 28/07/2019)

Ruling party’s headaches bound to multiply even after Secretariat’s meeting: Regardless of who gets picked to lead the School Department, NCP is awaiting bigger tussles, insiders say, by Anil Giri (kp 25/07/2019), Pokharel Oli’s choice for Training Deptt: If not Pokharel, NCP co-chairmen likely to head the deptt, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 26/07/2019)

NCP still undecided on Training Department (ht 24/07/2019)

Ruling party’s latest headache: a kerfuffle over who should lead the school department: The department, which conducts ideological training for its members, has divided the communist party, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 23/07/2019)

NCP to announce party department chiefs today, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 21/07/2019), NCP appoints 77 districts’ incharge (ht 22/07/2019), NCP picks district chiefs, parleys continue for depts (rep 22/07/2019), Aspiring candidates left high and dry, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 23/07/2019)

In ruling party, a cornered Oli yields to Dahal’s manoeuvrings: Leaders say realisation has dawned on the two chairmen that there is no option than to reconcile, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 21/07/2019)

Nominees for NCP departments picked: Madhav Kumar Nepal set to head party’s Foreign Affairs Department (ht 20/07/2019) [The unification of the two parties will never succeed as long as only the party leaders barter the positions among themselves! New leaders have to be found in a democratic way from the bottom upwards! The current leadership has already failed in total!!], NCP leaders seek Oli help to make Gautam organization chief (rep 20/07/2019)

The Troika. by Kiran Nepal (nt 19/07/2019)

Allocating key positions a fraught task in NCP merger (rep 18/07/2019)

Growing camaraderie between Dahal and Nepal stokes concerns in the Oli faction: Insiders say top leaders’ personal interests and ambitions will harm the party, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 14/07/2019)

Rift in ruling party is nearing tipping point, insiders say: Leaders say two chairmen must resolve outstanding issues at the earliest, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 08/07/2019)

NCP all set to release its much-awaited political document, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 08/07/2019)

As party lawmakers criticise government, Oli instructs them to speak in defence: Prime minister censures parliamentary committee for instructing government like court, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 07/07/2019) [Under Oli's democracy, only the king-like PM has freedom of expression and no need to justify himself to anyone!]

Ruling party leaders are enraged after provincial lawmaker with criminal past enters the party: Rajib Gurung, who goes by the name of Dipak Manange, has been charged with attempted murder, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 05/07/2019) [The party leaders knew all this when they mada him a candidate in the elections!]

Inside government’s decision to backtrack on its plans to host IIFA awards: Growing rift within the ruling party may have led to  the decision, aides close to the prime minister say, by Anil Giri (kp04/07/2019)

Oli and Dahal present a unified face, but cracks appear all over the ruling partyThe Nepal Communist Party’s ongoing debate over ideology is simply a mask for a power grab, party insiders say, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 03/07/2019)

Ruling party  lawmakers  criticise Oli,  government, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 02/07/2019)

Cohesion within the NCP is necessary: Contradictory interests have found a rallying point in Prime Minister Oli’s handling of the party as well as state affairs, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp 01/07/2019)

Oli says People’s Multi-party Democracy is still relevant; Dahal calls for moving forward: The two leaders’ remarks come at a time when the ruling party debates its ideology, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 30/06/2019)

As rift grows between Communist Party co-chairs, Dahal holds a meeting with Congress President Deuba: Dahal and Deuba’s closed door meeting comes amid widespread speculation  of a growing trust deficit between Dahal and party Co-chair KP Sharma Oli, by Anil Giri (kp 29/06/2019)

Oli, Dahal try to break ice (ht 27/06/2019)

With growing internal rifts and criticism from outside, a Cabinet reshuffle is likely: Ruling party insiders say party co-chairs are likely to use a Cabinet reshuffle to balance internal party politics, by Anil Giri and Tika R Pradhan (kp 26/06/2019)

NCP misusing NA chopper in Karnali (kp 25/06/2019)

Dahal assures aides he will follow  agreement reached for unification, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 24/06/2019)

Oli seeks to tighten grip on party as power struggle intensifies (rep 24/06/2019)

Factional feud prevents  appointments in NCP, by Jagdishor Panday (kp 23/06/2019)

NCP yet to publish political document, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 22/06/2019)

Debate over political ideology ratchets up in ruling party ahead of crucial meeting: Former UML leaders want more discussion on political document, which former Maoists want to be made public at the earliest, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 21/06/2019)

NCP schedules secretariat meeting for tomorrow to conclude ‘power-sharing’ deal: Leaders say formation of politburo, however, is unlikely anytime soon, by Anil Giri (kp 20/06/2019), Oli, Dahal fix NCP secretariat meeting for Friday (rep 20/06/2019)

United in haste, ideological schisms appear in the ruling communist party: The merger between the former UML and Maoists was simply a marriage of convenience, say party leaders, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 14/06/2019)

NCP MPs divided along UML-Maoist fault line on disputed bills, issues, by Ashok Dahal (rep 13/06/2019)

‘Gulf between government, party widening’, interview with Ghana Sham Bhusal (ht 10/06/2019)

Oli-Dahal tussle out in the open, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 09/06/2019)

Row lingers in ruling party over ‘one leader, one responsibility’ issue: It was KP Sharma Oli who set the rule and now he is breaking it,  which a section of leaders is opposing, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 07/06/2019), Rift in Nepal’s ruling party, by Kunda Dixit (nt 07/06/2019)

NCP fails to finalise district committee in-charges (ht 06/06/2019), NCP meeting fails to appoint district in-charges, co-in-charges yet again, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 07/06/2019)

Once a Maoist combatant, now a mental case, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 05/06/2019) [This woman should consider herself lucky! Her former leaders, who betrayed all previous promises and ideals, are now leading politicians and live in material abundance!]

Over a year since unification, ideological differences appear in ruling communist party: Nepal Communist Party leaders seem divided over whether the party should follow  the erstwhile CPN-UML’s political ideology or the Maoist Centre’s, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 05/06/2019), Dispute stalls NCP work division again: Madhav Nepal for enforcing One Leader One Position policy (rep 05/06/2019)

As Oli, Dahal make light of reports, a storm is brewing in ruling party: Party insiders say intense power play expected in the coming days, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 02/06/2019), As NCP heads into key meeting, fog thickens over who will lead organisation department: Several Nepal Communist Party leaders have raised concerns for months about  the prime minister’s dual role, controlling the party and the government, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 04/06/2019), NCP fails to finalize work division as top leaders remain divided (rep 04/06/2019)

NCP to appoint heads of district committees, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 02/06/2019)

PM sidesteps question on stepping down: Says the issue is being  unnecessarily brought up now, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 01/06/2019), Bamdev sides with Dahal in leadership tango (rep 01/06/2019)

One-upmanship game in ruling party as power play intensifies: Insiders say Dahal is in a bid to accumulate strength to put pressure on Oli to honour understanding, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 19/05/2019), State of confusion: Nepal Communist Party is yet to decide on a single, unified ideology (kp 20/05/2019)

NCP merger process: Ruling party yet to give it completion, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 18/05/2019), Merger as NCP fails to erase past identities as UML, Maoist: Left leaning analysts say the unification of the ruling NCP could collapse at any time if the top leaders don't work to assimilate their political, ideological and organizational strengths immediately (rep 18/05/2019)

As ruling party marks one year of merger, leaders still undecided on political ideology: The erstwhile UML is for People’s Multi-party Democracy while  the former Maoists are for 21st-century People’s Democracy, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 17/05/2019)

NCP forms 13 sister wings (ht 17/05/2019)

Leaders say ruling party is using fear and coercion to control them: Nepal Communist Party insiders say internal democracy is  on the wane while individual freedom is being curtailed, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 14/05/2019)

Benefits for Thapa-led group concern leaders fromthe Maoist stream in unified communist party: Leaders joining the erstwhile Maoist force from splinter groups including the Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal have been left high and dry, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 11/05/2019)

NCP hard pressed to fix headquarters, Province 1 name (ht 02/05/2019), NCP internal feuding over province capital worsens, by Raju Adhikari (rep 02/05/2019)

NCP MPs want hike in pork barrel spending, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 30/04/2019) [The uncontrolled and self-interested investment of money by the MPs elected under the FPTP system is a grave and very special form of corruption!!], No to pork barrel: The CISP has faced criticism in the past as it is largely geared towards giving the elected lawmakers an edge during the elections and purchase votes with patronage (ht 30/04/2019)

Ruling party is correcting its ‘flawed’ choice of leaders in district committees: Party insiders say the issue of hierarchy has become the major bone of contention, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 28/04/2019)

NCP politburo to be formed in a day or two, by Jagdishor Panday (kp 28/04/2019) [Another top down decision by the party leadership that behaves like gods. Unification can only work from the party roots upward!]

A Dream Comes True, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn 26/04/2019)

Ruling party says merger concludes, but leaders see more challenges: Party insiders are concerned about discontent that could potentially brew over the selection of leadership in district committees, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 23/04/2019), NCP announces district chiefs, secretaries (rep 23/04/2019), NCP to hold general convention in a year, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 23/04/2019), Leadership failed to follow principle of inclusivity, ruling party leaders say: District committees announced on Sunday, concluding the unification, have only three women, two Dalits and 19 Janajatis as chiefs, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 24/04/2019)

Pressure mounts on ruling party to take action against general secretary: Bishnu Poudel’s Baluwatar land deal has put him into a controversy but leadership is maintaining silence, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 21/04/2019)

NCP unification process stuck as deadline looms, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 16/04/2019), NCP brass in talks to conclude merger (rep 19/04/2019), Unification of ruling party said to conclude soon: NCP Co-chair and PM Oli is learnt to be positive on sharing the leadership of district committees with Nepal, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 21/04/2019), NCP unity hangs in balance: Uncertainty looms large whether the party will complete its merger on the stipulated deadline of April 22; The  judiciary is unitary, but the  constitution provisions creation of Provincial Judicial  Service Commission, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 21/04/2019), NCP moves to consolidate unification, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 22/04/2019), NCP finalizes party chiefs, secretaries for all 77 districts (rep 22/04/2019)

Ruling NCP leaders ‘reaching out’ to Chand party leaders for talks: Ruling party leader Janardan Sharma is holding talks with high-level Chand party leaders in a bid to bring them to mainstream politics, an aide to the former home minister says, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 08/04/2019)

NCP unification process at lower levels hangs in balance, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 07/04/2019)

NCP diaspora committees finalised in 20 countries (ht 04/04/2019)

‘NCP committee must have say on government, party issues’ (ht 26/03/2019)

The Maoist cul-de-sac: Chand has very little to lose and everything to gain by creating mayhem. The NCP has everything to lose and nothing to gain by ignoring him forever, by CK Lal (rep 18/03/2019)

Fault line appears in the ruling party over decision to ban Chand outfit: The main opposition Nepali Congress is divided over the issue, while other parties have criticised the Oli administration’s decision, by Anil Giri (kp), Nine held after explosion in Bharatpur ward office, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (kp 14/03/2019)

With Oli’s tight grip on government and party, Dahal’s influence is waning: Members within the ruling party say the former Maoist chairman is irked by the prime minister’s working style—but he is also helpless, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 02/03/2019)

NCP asks EC to strike off Ansari’s name from PR list: Khanal questions party's decision (rep 27/02/2019) [The legitimacy of such procedure is doubtful since the PR lists had to be concluded before the elections, and his name was on the list. It cannot be changed 15 months after the elections!]

Five members of disbanded merger task force submit report to Oli, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 25/02/2019), Oli receives report on unification roadmap from dissatisfied NCP task force members: Oli’s faction disagrees on using the 10 per cent nomination provision, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 25/02/2019)

Dispute over issue of single leadership in all levels of  NCP-led govts, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 24/02/2019)

Ruling party unification task force seeks one more week to submit final report, by Sanjaya Lama (kp 22/02/2019), Ruling party dissolves unification task force, by Sanjaya Lama (kp 23/02/2019) [Unity looks different!], Partisan interests overshadow NCP unification (ht 23/02/2019)

Outstanding issues of merger will be resolved on Thursday: Ruling party; Nepal Communist Party Secretariat to hold joint meeting with task force members, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 19/02/2019), NCP top guns to consult taskforce before wrapping up merger process (rep 19/02/2019)

What Is Brewing Inside CPN?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 17/02/2019), Fourth NCP task force faces dissolution: Oli and Dahal want party secretariat to finalise the remaining tasks of the unification process instead, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 17/02/2019)

Ideological differences in governing party surface over ‘people’s war’, by Anil Giri (kp 14/02/2019), Oli skips event to mark People’s War anniversary, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 14/02/2019), For some in Rolpa, the Maoists have forgotten Maoism, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 14/02/2019), Ex-Maoist combatants accuse leaders of forgetting the dreams which they once fought for, by Lokendra Khanal (rep 15/02/2019)

Bid to create rift in NCP: Prime minister (ht 14/02/2019)

NCP set to junk unification task force, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 13/02/2019)

There’s more to Oli-Dahal rift than meets the eye: Former Maoists are concerned about government’s plan to take forward transitional justice process, ruling party insiders say, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 10/02/2019), Necessity and acrimony: Dahal miffed at PM’s unilateral decisions, delayed transitional justice and party unification, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 10/02/2019), Oli, Dahal hold a number of meetings to build mutual trust (rep 10/02/2019)

‘People suffering from mood swings should not be made leaders’ (ht 10/02/2019) [statement by Deputy PM Ishwar Pokhrel]

Fault lines in ruling party exposed as Oli, Dahal spar over Venezuela: Divergent views may affect party’s internal dynamics and country’s foreign policy, say NCP insiders, by Anil Giri and Tika R Pradhan (kp 08/02/2019)

NCP secretariat’s decision irks members of its panel, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 06/02/2019)

Prime Minister Oli dissatisfied with party leaders for holding meeting in his absence (ht 02/02/2019)

NCP delegation holds talks with Laos veep (ht 02/02/2019)

Row rumbles on in NCP as task force fails to fix internal issues, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 01/02/2019)

‘Haphazard party unification unacceptable’ (ht 27/01/2019)

NCP unification: ‘Co-chairs not helping task force’, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 20/01/2019), NCP merger process stalled for months as task force fails to sort out internal rows (rep 20/01/2019)

NCP statute amendment on cards, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 16/01/2019)

NCP’s struggle to finalise unification deal far from over, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 13/01/2019), Oli, Nepal stick to their guns, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 13/01/2019)

Old regime plotting against communist unity: Dahal (kp 07/01/2019) [The unification is prevented by the authoritarian, power-hungry and anti-democratic leaders of the NCP!!!]

NCP task force begins work to complete unification process, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 01/01/2019)

Dahal gains ground as Oli feels the heat: Retaining his support base, ex-Maoist chief wins over his former rivals, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 30/12/2018), People’s democracy or socialism: NCP leaders confused, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 30/12/2018), Revolution within the communist party, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 31/12/2018)

Standing Committee meeting concludes: NCP endorses political paper pending revision, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 29/12/2018), Oli-Dahal joint-political report endorsed after task force formed to address gripes (rep 29/12/2018), NCP Standing Committee endorses political paper with revisions (ht 29/12/2018)

Dahal offers to amend political document to quell dissent, by Anil Giri (kp 27/12/2018), NCP Chairman Oli fails to convince party colleagues, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 28/12/2018), Bid to endorse political report blocked (rep 28/12/2018), NCP leaders reject Oli’s defence of political paper: Co-chairpersons should stop criticising other leaders, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 28/12/2018)

Beyond elective dictatorship: Abusing arithmetic comfort can lead to tyranny, by Achyut Wagle (kp 25/12/2018)

Standing Committee meet may linger if chiefs fail to convince leaders, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 25/12/2018)

After criticism, Oli-Dahal to revise joint political report: Former PM Nepal asked to clarify on controversial peace conference (rep 23/12/2018), Nepal, Khanal flay govt, party leadership, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 23/12/2018), Oli, Nepal defend Asia Pacific Summit (rep 24/12/2018), PM makes NCP leader wait, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 24/12/2018)

NCP leaders in signature drive to dump NTA chief Jha (rep 23/12/2018)

Oli government is working at the behest of crony capitalists, says Shrestha (kp 22/12/2018)

Govt yet to fill the void of ‘janabadi’ education, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 22/12/2018)

NCP leaders criticized at party meet for lavish lifestyle: Some ask PM to dump controversial ministers, punish poor performance (rep 21/12/2018)

PM Oli not in favour of forming politburo: Leave Marxism and steer movement of prosperity, says Gurung, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 21/12/2018)

Time for NCP leaders to look within (rep 20/12/2018)

Ruling party leaders say hosting Asia Pacific Summit was a mistake: Core members press party leadership to admit it, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 20/12/2018)

Ruling party leaders tear apart joint political paper: Leaders claim the party  has been lifeless without meetings, contact with the cadre, and lively interaction with the people, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 18/12/2018), Is Oli losing his grip on the unified party?, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 19/12/2018), Ruling party leaders continue war of words over leadership: Demand investigation into activities of Universal Peace Federation and its funding (rep 19/12/2018)

Feeling cheated, ex-Maoist combatants wish to die (rep 17/12/2018)

NCP Standing Committee meeting: ‘Party’s publicity too feeble to counter planned propaganda’, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 16/12/2018), Gautam for ‘one-person-one-post’ system (kp 16/12/2018), Heated debate greets ruling NCP meet (rep 16/12/2018), Bamdev opposes Oli-Dahal’s joint political document, registers his own, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 16/12/2018), After Gautam, more leaders to oppose Oli: At the Standing Committee meeting today, more NCP members prepare to counter the policies adopted to run the party and the government, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 17/12/2018), Oli criticized in party over poor govt performance (rep 18/12/2018), PM Oli’s ‘dictatorial’ style ‘blot on party’, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 18/12/2018)

Oli to face ‘tough questions’ from party leaders, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 12/12/2018)

Party name dispute: Apex court serves show cause to NCP, poll body, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 11/12/2018)

NCP calls Standing Committee meet as factional feud deepens (rep 09/12/2018), Tardy Oli sees ruling party leaders walk out on meeting: The communist party’s standing committee to meet on December 15, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 09/12/2018), Tardy Oli sees ruling party leaders walk out on meeting: The communist party’s standing committee to meet on December 15; Leaders Madhav Kumar Nepal, Jhala Nath Khanal, Bamdev Gautam and party Spokesperson Narayan Kaji Shrestha left the venue out after Prime Minister and  party Co-chair KP Sharma Oli did not show up until 3:30pm for the 3pm meeting, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 09/12/2018)

EC’s recognition of NCP challenged (ht 08/12/2018)

Ruling party unveils provincial panels, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 04/12/2018), 53% UML, 47% Maoist leaders in NCP provincial committees (rep 04/12/2018)

Unification and Prosperity, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn 30/11/2018)

Key NCP meeting postponed yet again (rep 28/11/2018)

Disgruntled NCP leaders seek jumbo politburo, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 28/11/2018)

Ruling party to set up special provincial committee, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 24/11/2018)

NCP secretariat meeting on November 22, by Tika R Pradhn (kp 19/11/2018)

‘Party unification facing technical problems’ (ht 18/11/2018)

Meeting delays frustrate ruling party leaders, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 18/11/2018)

Oli faces wrath for putting off crucial meet, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 14/11/2018)

NCP leaders vent anger on leadership (rep 07/11/2018)

NCP to expedite unification of lower committees after Tihar, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 06/11/2018)

Delayed panel meetings irk NCP leaders: Party’s standing committee meeting postponed indefinitely; The third NCP standing committee meeting called for Monday and Tuesday had been abruptly postponed until further notice, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 31/10/2018)

NCP panel begins work on allocating responsibilities (ht 31/10/2018)

Various forces at work to make Nepal Communist Party (NCP) a failure: Dahal (ht 29/10/2018)

PM Oli skips tea reception due to ‘minor illness’ (kp 28/10/2018), A mismanaged tea party, dissatisfied invitees, by Bikan K Dawadi (rep 28/10/2018)

Team formed to complete provincial committees of ruling party: The panel of Ram Bahadur Thapa and Bishnu Poudel will also recommend duties for NCP central members (kp 26/10/2018), Task force to allocate responsibilities (ht 26/10/2018)

NCP to dwell on performance of PM Oli’s administration, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 24/10/2018), One party, two tribe: Factions create divisions in the  party and rupture unity (kp 24/10/2018)

NCP secretariat meeting: Provincial panels stay as leader Nepal relents; Shrestha continues as Nepal Communist Party (NCP) spokesperson, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 23/10/2018), NCP admits mistake, says won’t repeat it (ht 23/10/2018)

Ruling party rules out re-election chances, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 22/10/2018)

Oli, Dahal to chalk out strategies during Dashain (ht 16/10/2018)

Dahal changes his tune after by-election fiasco: NCP co-chair confirms no by-election for Kathmandu Constituency 7 (kp 13/10/2018), Bamdev-Rambir Drama: Party Bruised, Lesson Learnt, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 14/10/2018) [This remains to be doubted!]

Secretariat meet to settle issues rocking ruling party, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 06/10/2018), Standing committee to settle row: Next central secretariat meeting will sit on Wednesday to finalise the agenda for standing committee meeting (kp 09/10/2018)

One year into unity, infighting and fissures disrupt the governing party, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 05/10/2018)

Conflict between two chiefs: Officially, both Oli and Dahal are equals. Effectively, Dahal is a lightweight and, practically, Oli stands as the effective heavyweight at least for the next year and a half, by P Kharel (rep 01/10/2018)

Ruling NCP leader Nepal vents ire against govt: ‘Our heads bow down in shame if someone known by the public as corrupt is rewarded’ (rep 29/09/2018), Madhav Kumar Nepal flays his party’s govt (ht), Senior leader of ruling party blasts government (kp 29/09/2018), Nepal rails against ‘unilateral decision’ of Oli-Dahal leadership: Senior leader of Nepal Communist Party accuses party Co-chairmen Oli and Dahal of appointing their loyalists to key posts in seven provinces, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 29/09/2018), Disgruntled NCP leaders gang up on Oli (rep 29/09/2018), Loyalists defend Oli as Nepal brews disconten: Senior leader holds factional event amid widening rift in the ruling NCP, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 30/09/2018)

CPN assigns provinces to forward district committee merger process (kp 24/09/2018)

Ruling party picks leaders of seven provincial panels: A day before PM Oli’s US visit, party picks  provincial leaders (kp 22/09/2018), NCP names in-charges, office bearers for provinces: Madhav Nepal faction dissatisfied (rep 22/09/2018)

Leadership row delays merger of lower committees: Party leaders say serious discussion on the lower committees’ merger will take place only after two top leaders return from their foreign trips, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 16/09/2018), Dahal abroad, NCP merger completion delayed (rep 17/09/2018)

Progress In Communist Unity, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn 14/09/2018)

NCP meeting fails to resolve major issues: The Central Secretariat meeting discussed unification of party committees, but could not come to a conclusion (kp 13/09/2018)

Leaders seek criteria to select leadership in NCP lower bodies: Demand a high-level probe panel to draft criteria after studying recommendations (kp 02/09/2018)

NCP plans by-election in Dolpa To announce poll and lawmaker Budha’s resignation simultaneously, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 02/09/2018) [???]

NCP unification: Leadership disputes stall lower panels (kp 26/08/2018)

Parliamentary communists: There is no trace of communism except for the sickle and hammer on the party’s flag, by Lok Raj Baral (kp 20/08/2018)

Disgruntled NCP leaders oppose task forces’ report (ht 17/08/2018)

Nepal Communits Party (NCP) elected reps not to get party executive posts (ht 10/08/2018)

PM Oli briefs party Central Secretariat (kp 09/08/2018)

Dolpa youths unite against NCP's plan to elect Gautam from Dolpa (rep 04/08/2018)

NCP gives aug 21 deadline to suboridate bodies for unification: Unification of trade unions remains a big challenge for the governing NCP (kp 03/08/2018)

Shrestha quits as NCP spokesperson after dispute with PM Oli (kp 02/08/2018) [This illustrates Oli's contemptuous and authoritarian attitude towards human rights!], NCP leaders urging Shrestha to withdraw resignation (rep 02/08/2018)

Ruling party plans unity gatherings: Merger of lower committees within three weeks to counter criticism against government (kp 31/07/2018)

Parties renaming public places after their own: Over three dozen names of the public places in Babai rural municipality have been renamed with the names of the past UML leaders and Maoists have followed suit, by Devendra Basnet and Dinesh Subedi (rep 31/07/2018)

Provisions in NCP (NCP) statute ruffles feathers of leaders, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 29/07/2018) [There are no rules or laws for godlike leaders! Such provisions apply only to the rank and file!]

Oli vents ire on party ranks for not defending govt (rep 18/07/2018) [Maybe there aren't so many things worth defending!]

NCP lower committees: Merger process ‘picks up pace’ (kp 16/07/2018)

NCP forms 3-member panel to complete draft (kp 08/07/2018)

Nepal Communist Party sets agenda for SC meeting (kp 05/07/2018)

NCP tells its cadres to stand up against CPN misconducts (kp 02/07/2018)

Groupism very much a reality in NCP, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 01/07/2018)

NCP to revise statute, regulation (ht 26/06/2018), Ruckus over plan to defang panels (kp 27/06/2018)

Gearing up for unity: NCP sister wings scurry to prepare for merger (kp 24/06/2018)

NCP’s political document harsh on other parties, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 22/06/2018)

NCP struggles to pick heads, members of House panels (rep 20/06/2018)

NCP statute bars office bearers from serving more than two terms, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 19/06/2018)

SC tells poll body to clarify over NCP (kp 18/06/2018)

NCP rank and file urged to strengthen govt (kp 17/06/2018)

Ruling party panel to mull four key topics (kp 16/06/2018)

Dahal slams petit bourgeois, calls for a strong communist center (kp 18/06/2018)

Task force submits final drafts of NCP statute and regulations: Proposes forming 32 departments to support govt, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 15/06/2018), NCP task force moots shadow govt (ht 15/06/2018) [This party is in govt, how can it form a shadow govt?]

NCP co-chairs plan to reshuffle party’s CC (ht 13/06/2018)

NCP names Standing Committee Leaders select 26 from ex-UML and 19 from Maoist Centre (kp 12/06/2018)

Leaders’ indifference to ex-Maoist fighter’s life of woe resented, by Dinesh Subedi (rep 12/06/2018)

The ruling Nepal Communist Party, among others, break the law to exclude women: They have three months to comply, by Shubhashree Basnyat (The Record 10/06/2018), Writ petition challenges NCP registration (kp 15/06/2018)

Can NCP be Trendsetter of Marxism?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 10/06/2018)

Maoist betrayal: As Maoist leaders are turning their back on real issues, former Maoist activists and general people take Maoist revolution as an act of great betrayal, by Pratap Sharma (rep 10/06/2018)

Yadav refutes merger reports with NCP (kp 08/06/2018)

NCP finally gets legal party status (kp 07/06/2018), EC decides to register NCP, ignoring law (rep 07/06/2018) [Leading parties can do what they want! Obviously, they are above law and constitution!], NCP acquires EC registration (kp 08/06/2018), Move afoot to challenge poll panel’s decision to register NCP (NCP): Proportional representation of women in all organs of the state is crucial to empower women, but more worrisome is the fact that the prime minister and ruling party co-chairpersons are openly defying the legal provisions (ht 08/06/2018) [A lawless ruling party is the best guarantee for a lawless state!], Masculine parties: Failure to ensure 33pc women representation in party committees shows ‘of men, for men and by men’ attitude of parties (ht 08/06/2018)

Toward elite rule: The unified communist party looks like a club of VIPs with present and past PMs, DPMs, heads of parliament, provincial assemblies and provincial governments, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep 07/05/2018)

Nepal’s political paradox: Nepali communists have come to power through elections. Instead of democracy killing communism, communism here has thrived under democracy, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 07/06/2018)

Dahal without role in NCP Parliamentary Party (ht 06/07/2018)

Province 2 MPs in ugly spat: NCP lawmaker Manju Yadav slaps her colleague Kishori Sah, by Santosh Singh (kp 07/06/2018)

Sum of its parts: The NCP must prove that the unification is in the interest of the nation and its people, by Gopi Uprety (kp 04/06/2018)

NCP violates Party Registration Act with low representation of women (rep 03/06/2018)

‘Avoid groupism, factionalism’ (ht 03/06/2018)

NCP leaders tell party members to refrain from factional politics: Both Oli and Dahal are aware how pernicious factional feud could be to party organisation having witnessed infighting and splits when leading their previous parties (kp 02/06/2018)

NCP gives final shape to its Standing Committee: Formal decision likely tomorrow (kp 31/05/2018) [Inclusion is a forgotten promise of the past if the composition of this SC is the picture of future Nepal!], NCP leaders Bohara, Sherchan complain about being left out (ht 31/05/2018)

NCP submits more documents to EC (kp 29/05/2018), NCP submits signatures, citizenship of CC members for party registration (rep 29/05/2018)

EC likely to deny registration to NCP (rep 26/05/2018) [because of itsd unconstitutionally poor participation of women!]

Maoist and CPN-UML unification: Regular Accident; Dissolving two older communist parties, CPN-UML leaders and Maoist Center leaders set up a new party giving up their old legacy, by Keshab Poudel (sp 25/05/2018)

Dahal’s NCP central member list upsets Maoist Centre aspirants (kp 25/05/2018)

The MC-UML Metamorphosis, by Mukti Rijal (rn 24/05/2018), Challenges Before Communist Party of Nepal, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 24/05/2018), Discontent rife among NCP leaders, leadership under pressure, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 24/05/2018), Hurdles for Unified NCP, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn 25/05/2018)

Only 16 pc representation for women in NCP central committee, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 23/05/2018) [!!! Besides, the party leadership continues to be completely dominated by male Tagadharis, especially Bahuns!!], Only 16 percent women at NCP central committee (rep 23/05/2018)

NCP starts plans for key panel, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 23/05/2018)

Formation of NCP: Powerful Political Entity, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 23/05/2018), Will it last? There is expectation that communist unification will lead to an age of strong and stable government. Is this really going to happen?, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 23/05/2018)

Fringe party raps ruling party for copying its name: Leaders from the ruling NCP said that the party was forced to use the name after the fringe party turned down requests to lend its name (rep 21/05/2018) [Top political leaders can do what ever they like! They are above the law!!]

Good for Nepal: Communist unity is a historical step to have a stable government and to focus on national agenda of economic development and social progress, by Dai Yonghong (rep 21/05/2018)

NCP selects 45 members for central body, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 21/05/2018) [Thank god, 31 of them are Tagadharis! This is a good example for better inclusion of disadvantaged social groups! Besides, nominations are far better than undemocatic procedures like elections!], NCP still struggling to give full shape to central committee (rep 21/05/2018), NCP endorses 441-member CC (ht 22/05/2018), NCP names central panel: Central Secretariat convenes first meeting a Prime Minister’s Office (kp 22/05/2018), Discontent brews as senior leaders resent demotion in new party (kp 22/05/2018)

Politics of stability: UML-MC unification is good news but it shouldn’t come at cost of other parties and civil society (kp 21/05/2018), The unification is not for political gains but for a prosperous Nepal, intewrview with  Janardhan Sharma (kp 21/05/2018) [???], NCP ranking rankles top leaders: Khanal miffed at being placed behind Nepal in party hierarchy, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 21/05/2018) [Power and position is all that counts in Nepal's party politics!], Khanal objects to party’s new hierarchy (rep 22/05/2018)

Nepal: Decisive Turn, by S. Binodkumar Singh (SAIR, 21/05/2018)

Implications of the Left Unity, by Kushal Pokharel (rn 19/05/2018), Merger of Two Communist Parties in Nepal, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 19/05/2018), UML-Maoist Centre Unity Generates Left Momentum, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 20/05/2018), Analysts sceptical on communist unity, by Anil Giri (kp 20/05/2018), Discontent in NCP as unity gives ‘unfair benefit’ to some (rep 20/05/2018),  Conflict victims feel further disheartened after left unity, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 20/05/2018)

The ‘New’ Communists: Our communists are fake and most of them have invested in schools and hospitals and in the transportation sector. So let us not expect our communists to act like communists because they are just capitalists wearing the ‘communist’ tag, by Guffadi (kp 19/05/2018)

Oli and Dahal shake on Nepal Communist Party, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 17/05/2018), , UML, Maoist unite to form NCP; official announcement shortly (kp 17/05/2018), UML, Maoist Center dissolve their respective parties (rep 17/05/2018), NCP central leaders jointly take oath in Baluwatar (kp 17/05/2018), Newly appointed CC members of Unified party administered oath (rep 17/05/2018), Oli and Dahal propose registration of Nepal Communist Party at EC (ht 17/05/2018), Unified party to have 9-member secretariat (rep 17/05/2018), Unification bodes well for country’s future: PM Oli (photo feature), by Dipendra Roka (rep 17/05/2018), If Maoist Center was to merge into UML, why people’s war?, by Shalik Bhatta (rep 17/05/2018), Communist unity heralds ‘new era’: 7-month process culminates in merger of UML, Maoist Centre, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 18/05/2018), New sun dawns on Nepal: Left Alliance partners merge to give mojority govt to country after decades, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 18/05/2018), One body two heads, by Om Astha Rai (nt 18/05/2018), UML, Maoist Center merge to form Nepal Communist Party: First general convention to decide party portfolios through consensus, by Roshan Sedhai (rep 18/05/2018), Compromise on both sides made quick unification possible (rep 18/05/2018)

UML, CPN-MC bridge rift, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 16/05/2018)

Maoist chief for settling unification issues today: Other leaders not much hopeful about merger soon (kp 27/04/2018), Unification at Crossroads, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn 27/04/2018), Dahal-Oli unification talks fail to progress (ht 28/04/2018), Dahal asks Oli to choose between govt and party leadership, by Roshan Sedhai (rep 28/04/2018), UML-MC Unity: A Sisyphean Task?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 29/04/2018), UML, CPN-MC stick to their stances (ht 29/04/2018), Oli, Dahal face uphill task taking UML-MC merger forward (rep 29/04/2018), Party unification announcement likely on May 5, says Dahal (ht 02/05/2018), The Dilatory Unification Process, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 03/05/2018), Parties’ unification moving ‘positively’: Leaders say contentious issues almost resolved (kp 04/05/2018), UML, CPN-MC unity issues still not resolved (ht 04/05/2018), Disagreement on sharing stalls merger (ht 08/05/2018), PM’s tweet fuels trust crisis in left alliance, by Roshan Sedhai (rep 09/05/2018)

UML, CPN-MC to draft new programme on socialism (ht 25/04/2018)

Unification Hits Roadblocks, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 25/04/2018), Lack of time delaying unification, says Dahal (ht 25/04/2018)

Maoist Centre to strengthen party units (kp 24/04/2018)

‘Unification issues resolved’ (ht 24/04/2018)

Banner row at UML-Maoist event, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 23/04/2018), ‘Unity will take some more time’ (kp 23/04/2018), Oli, Dahal committed to unification (ht 23/04/2018), MC and UML couldn’t come together on Lenin’s birth anniversary but May 5, Marx’s 200th birth anniversary, is coming up, interview with Narayan Kaji Shrestha (kp 23/04/2018), Madhav Nepal opposes Oli-Dahal gentleman’s agreement, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 23/04/2018)

Divided We Stand: Despite all efforts, political parties are yet to unite with a cause, by Keshab Poudel (sp 20/04/2018)

Unification hits a snag: UML, Maoist leaders say merger unlikely on April 22, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 18/04/2018), Dahal predicts UML-Maoist Centre merger by mid-May (kp 19/04/2018), To be or not to be: MC Chairman Dahal faces a moment of hard truth: does he want to go with UML or not? (kp 19/04/2018), Unified party’s general convention to choose chair through consensus: Left unification announcement possible on May 5’, by Rewati Sapkota (ht) 19/04/2018), No disagreement over power sharing: Dahal (ht 19/04/2018), Consensus on unified party’s chair ruled out, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 20/04/2018), UML, Maoist Center hold 'open and candid' discussions (rep 20/04/2018), Left leaders hopeful of Oli-Dahal negotiations: Dahal seeks assurance from Oli of leadership  of the unified party after unity convention, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 21/04/2018), The Unification Deadlock, by Kushal Pokharel (rn 21/04/2018), Dahal-Oli talks positive (ht 21/04/2018), Oli, Dahal fail to resolve issues (ht 22/04/2018), Oli, Dahal ‘committed’ to party unity: Plan fresh  May 5 date for announcing 2 parties as one (kp 22/04/2018)

Questions over date of UML, Maoist merger, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 16/04/2017), UML, CPN-MC likely to miss unity deadline (ht 16/04/2018), YCL presses Dahal for 'dignified' merger with UML (rep 16/04/2018) [Dignified equality is relative: CPN-MC only got about one third of the PR votes in recent elections compared to CPN-UML!], UML leaders bat for early merger with Maoists: PUCC set to take a call today (kp 17/04/2018)

PUCC delay casts doubt over partyunification date: With the scheduled merger date only ten days away, chairmen of both the parties are currently away from the Capital (kp 13/04/2018)

Busy PM, lack of homework blamed for delay in unity talks (rep 12/04/2018)

Left unification could see more delay over power-sharing, by Roshan Sedhai (rep 10/04/2018)

Dahal and ministers slam ‘unilateral’ Oli, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 08/04/2018), UML-Maoist Centre Merger: Prachanda Floats Trial Balloons, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 08/04/2018), ‘50 per cent representation in unified party is bottom-line’ (ht 08/04/2018)

Irreversible Left Unification, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn 06/04/2018)

Maoist Center's 50/50 demand throw left merger in disarray, by Roshan Sedhai (rep 02/04/2018), Oli to give one more try for consensus before India visit (rep 03/04/2018), Has Unification Process Hit a Snag?, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 04/04/2018), Left merger announcement ‘on April 22’ (kp 04/04/2018), UML-MC unification announcement on April 22 (ht 04/04/2018), Oli, Dahal to work together to resolve disputed issues (rep 04/04/2018), UML, Maoists seek middle path for unification (rep 05/04/2018), Parties to settle unity issues after Oli’s visit, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 06/04/2018)

UML-Maoist Centre unification: Top panel to act upon merger documents; Ratio of representation, poll symbol yet to be agreed, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 01/04/2018), ‘Party unification after PM Oli’s India visit’ (ht 01/04/2018)

Party merger ‘difficult’ before PM’s India visit: PUCC meeting assigned to sort all outstanding issues, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 30/03/2018)

Task forces work out nitty-gritty of left unification, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 29/03/2018), Drop two-term limit, 70-yr age bar: Left taskforce, by Roshan Sedhai (rep 29/03/2018)

Left unification only after PM’s India visit: Announcement likely on April 22, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 28/03/2018)

UML, Maoists to have equal share in unified party: Dahal, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 27/03/2018), Left unification to happen on equal terms, says Dahal: Says the unified party to have equal representation from both left alliance partners, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 27/03/2018), UML, Maoists in dispute over stake in new party (rep 28/03/2018)

Unified party may have 301 CC members: PUCC likely to get party’s political document on Thursday (ht 26/03/2018)

Maoists hasten merger with UML: Left allies speed up preparations for unification before PM’s India visit, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 25/03/2018)

Party unification by April 23: Dahal (ht 22/03/2018), Left alliance unification proposed for April 22 (rep 23/03/2018)

UML-Maoist to unite on April 22, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 12/03/2018)

Oli and Dahal form a formidable team: Backed by party machine, Oli is a tough leader who sticks to his gameplan; Prachanda a flexible dealmaker with broad constituencies, by Akhilesh Upadhyay (kp 23/02/2018)

Unification And Stability, by Bijay Aryal (rn 21/02/2018), Much-awaited Deal Sealed, Finally !, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 21/02/2018), ‘Comrade Oli is PM for five years’ (kp 21/02/2018), Party unification process may take a month: Shrestha (rep 21/02/2018)

Unified left party may not get name of ‘Communist Party of Nepal’ (ht 21/02/2018)

UML, Maoist Centre agree to form CPN, by Tika R- Pradhan (kp 20/02/2018), UML, Maoist Center are now one party: New party named Communist Party of Nepal, by Roshan Sedhai and  Ashok Dahal (rep 20/02/2018), Turn-wise deal on premiership detrimental for country: Nepal (ht 20/02/2018) [It would once again prevent the now possible political stability! The Left alliance has not been elected by a great majority to continue the endless power struggles!]

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