Dahal faces hard time in selecting central NCP members from Maoist side

Kathmandu, May 20
One of two chairmen of newly unified Nepal Communist Party, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, is busy in meetings with leaders of dissolved CPN-Maoist Centre that he had led before it merged with the CPN-UML, so as to select central members for the new party.

The UML and the Maoist Centre had agreed to form a 441-member Central Committee including 241 UML leaders and remaining 200 from the Maoist Centre.

Earlier, the UML had 200 central members. Therefore, the UML side of new party also needs to 41 more leaders to the list for new party. A source says the list has already been finalised.

But, the Maoist side is yet to finalise the list of leaders to be in the central committee as then CPN-Maoist Centre had more than 4,000 ‘central committee’ members.

Dahal had held discussions with two other leaders, Narayan Kaji Shrestha and Ram Bahadur Thapa, yesterday for around five hours. The meeting has shortlisted around 235 leaders and they will sit together today again to finalise the list.

After selecting, 200 central committee members, the leaders will select 18 top leaders to send to the standing committee.

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