Pokhara—Ruling Communist Party of Nepal Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) expelled its 11 leaders from the party on Sunday. Accusing CPN-UML top leaders Madhav Kumar Nepal, Jhalanath Khanal including other leaders of involving the signature campaign against their own party government led by party Chairman KP Sharma Oli.
The other leaders who even lost their general membership are Bhim Rawal, Mukunda Neupane, Ramkumari Jhankri, Kalyani Khadka, Sarala Yadav, Pushpa Karna, Laxmi Chaudhary, Kalila Khatun and Niradevi Jairu. According to a press statement released by the party, the party standing committee meeting also decided to seek clarification from other 12 UML leaders, giving them a 24-hour time frame.
CPN-UML has a total of 121 lawmakers but due to intraparty feud, 23 lawmakers led by MK Nepal signed against Oli government when main opposition Nepali Congress Chairman Sher Bahadur Deuba with 149 lawmakers stalled a claim with President Bidya Devi Bhandari to elect him a new PM in line with Article 76-5 of Nepal’s Constitution on May 21.
PM Oli with 153 lawmakers, also presented such a claim in the President’s Office but later on May 22, President Bhandari dissolved the House of Representatives, informing that the claim from Deuba and Oli had no strong base to elect a new PM. Those former lawmakers of UML who later expelled from the party again had signed a writ petition filed by leader Deuba in the Supreme Court of Nepal yesterday, demanding the reinstatement of the parliament.