Election participation row virtually splits Biplav’s Maoist party

Kathmandu, April 27

Growing differences over whether to participate in the upcoming local elections have virtually split the Nepal Communist Party led by Netra Bikram Chand ‘Biplav’.

On Wednesday, the top leader of the party removed two key leaders in his group–Dharmendra Bastola and Hemanta Prakash Oli–who were against Biplav’s proposal of participating in the polls.

The Biplav-led party is not officially registered at the Election Commission. However, its local leaders have filed their candidacies independently in a few districts including Rolpa. Biplav apparently supports them.

Reportedly, the top leader had proposed participating in the elections during the party meeting earlier, which could not get endorsed due to the objection of Bastola and Oli among others. 

In his Wednesday statement, Biplav has accused Bastola and Oli of promoting various activities in the party that would eventually lead to a split. 

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