TWO TASKFORCES TO BE FORMED TO SORT OUT PARTY MERGER PROCESS
KATHMANDU, Jan 10: A meeting of the party unification coordination committee of the left alliance, constituting CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) on Tuesday has formed a six-member taskforce to carry out necessary preparations for the formation of province governments and finalize the candidates for the National Assembly.
The meeting was held at UML Chair KP Oli’s residence in Baluwatar. The panel include UML leader Subash Nembang, Shankar Pokhrel and Surendra Pandey and Maoist Center leaders Ram Bahadur Thapa, Barsha Man Pun and Matrika Yadav.
The task force will finalize the chief ministers of provinces to province ministers.
According to sources, UML and Maoist Center, who had agreed to share 60-40 seats respectively in the House of Representatives elections, is likely to finalize allocate the province government seats in the same ratio. Sources said that the Maoist Center is likely to form government in Province 6 and 7 while UML has claimed its stake in the remaining provinces.
However the meeting failed to form a panel to work on party unification since the two left parties are yet to sort out the power sharing issues on the party unification and new government.
The unification process has not gained momentum as the left alliance parties have failed to meet a meeting point over the leadership management, power sharing deal and other issues.
But, the unification coordination committee meeting has expressed its commitment to expedite the merger process before the formation of new government.
According to UML leader Jhala Nath Khanal, the unification coordination committee meeting will form two panels in the next meeting to sort out the issues related to party’s ideology and organizational structure, since Oli is leaving for Thailand today for his routine health check up.
Meanwhile, Oli and Maoist Center Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal also held a meeting today morning to give momentum to the unification process. The two leaders have directed the task force members to start working out immediately on the basis of the sentiments of party unification and people’s mandate. Oli is leaving for Thailand at 12:45 pm.