Prachanda-Madhav group to claim party’s authority in Election Commission

Kathmandu: The CPN-Prachanda-Madhav group has decided to go to the Election Commission claiming the party’s legitimacy.

A meeting of the Central Committee held on Monday has decided to claim the authority as per Section 44 of the Political Parties Act.

With the dissolution of the House of Representatives, the Prachanda-Madhav faction of the CPN (Maoist), which was divided into two camps, removed KP Sharma Oli from the post and elected Madhav Kumar Nepal, while the Oli faction expanded the Central Committee. Both groups had written to the commission to update the same details as per Article 51 of the Political Parties Act.

However, the Election Commission had already announced its decision to reject the claims of both the parties. And, after the unification of the party, KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal sent a letter to both the parties with 231 central members.

The Prachanda Madhav group, which met on Monday, has decided to go according to Article 44 based on the same letter. Article 44 of the Political Parties Act stipulates that 40 percent of the members of the Central Committee must file a claim with the Commission within 30 days of the commencement of the dispute.

If it proceeds in accordance with this clause, the Commission may, on the basis of the evidence obtained or by calling the Central Members to the Commission, give the status of the previous party to the party which has the majority, and may recognize the other party as a new party.

According to Prachanda Madhav’s party leaders, the meeting was held on Monday at the request of 25 percent central members and two-thirds of the 441 central members attended. Spokesperson Narayan Kaji Shrestha said that the meeting approved the decision of the standing committee to remove KP Sharma Oli from the party’s general membership and Bishnu Poudel from the post of general secretary.