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The poll panel stated that both the factions have failed to follow the Political Parties Act-2017 and party statute.

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PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 09:42 AM IST

The Nepal Election Commission on Sunday refused to recognise either of the factions of the Nepal Communist Party–one led by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and the other by Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal.

The poll panel stated that both the factions have failed to follow the Political Parties Act-2017 and party statute.

“Decisions made by both the parties didn’t come in line with the party’s statute. As the decisions don’t fall in line, we can’t update the details of the Nepal Communist Party. We have notified both chairman KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal about it, making them clear that the Commission will maintain existing details of the party,” Spokesperson for Election Commission Raj Kumar Shrestha confirmed.

The Nepal Communist Party which has broken into two factions, one led by caretaker Prime Minister Oli and the other faction led by Dahal and Nepal. Both the factions filed an application in the Election Commission claiming authenticity along with the election emblem–the “Sun”.

The party broke into two factions on December 22, two days after Oli dissolved the lower house on 20th December, NCP-formed after a merger between then CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) in May 2018, Oli and Dahal became the chairs of the party, as per the statute.

The Kathmandu Post reported that the commission concluded that decisions taken by both sides failed to follow the provisions of the party statute that was submitted to the commission.

The Election Commission decision means that even though the party has practically split, it continues to remain intact–technically and legally.

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UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2021 08:11 PM IST

The now-caretaker Prime Minister Oli had decided to dissolve the Parliament on December 20 last year, calling for fresh elections for April and May this year. This was approved by President Bidya Devi Bhandari.

In this file photo taken on October 28, 2015, Nepal's Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli waves after casting his vote in an election for Nepal's new president in Kathmandu. (AFP)
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UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2021 07:33 AM IST

The comments are unlikely to go down well with the Indian government, which has put considerable effort into improving relations in the past few months.

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PUBLISHED ON JAN 11, 2021 06:19 AM IST

Oli’s comments come as the move, which has been claimed to be unconstitutional by members of the ruling party and the opposition, is being challenged in the apex court, where hearings are currently underway.

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