PM Oli led CPN-UML suspends senior leaders Madhav Nepal, Bhim Rawal for 6 months

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Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli-led ruling Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) has suspended senior party leaders Madhav Kumar Nepal and Bhim Rawal for six months, accusing them of carrying out anti-party activities.

Nepal PM Oli led CPN-UML suspends senior leaders Madhav Nepal, Bhim Rawal for 6 months

File photo of Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli (Photo Credits: PTI)

Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli-led ruling Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) on Monday suspended senior party leaders Madhav Kumar Nepal and Bhim Rawal for six months, accusing them of carrying out anti-party activities.

In two separate letters issued to former prime minister Madhav Nepal and Vice-chairperson Bhim Rawal, the party said that they have been suspended from the party’s membership for six months.

"This action has been taken as the party was not satisfied by the clarifications furnished by you for your anti-party activities. This is your last chance to correct yourself," the letter said.

"The suspension period can be reduced if you revise your opinions and correct your anti-party activities,” said the letter signed by UML Chairman and PM Oli.

Both leaders accused of promoting factional politics within the party

In the letter, Madhav Nepal and Bhim Rawal have been accused of promoting factional politics within the party by holding "unauthorized" gatherings of party members.

PM Oli's decision to suspend them comes at a time when the intra-party rift within the ruling party has climaxed owing to factional feud.

Madhav Nepal and Bhim Rawal last week boycotted the party's parliamentary party meeting called by Chairperson Oli for a second time, taking strong exceptions to the "unilateral decisions" taken by him on various internal issues of the party.

The two factions led by PM Oli and Madhav Nepal are at loggerheads over a number of issues.

The CPN-UML, revived after the Supreme Court verdict to invalidate the Nepal Communist Party born out of the merger between the then CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) in 2018, has witnessed a serious internal feud as the PM Oli-led faction is taking actions one after another against the leaders of Madhav Nepal-led faction accusing them of being involved in factional politics.

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