The Supreme Court has ruled that the UML’s general convention organising committee cannot be recognized a party authority, dealing another blow to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, who is in difficulty due to internal divisions in his CPN-UML party and growing polarization among other parties against him.
A single bench of Justice Prakash Man Singh Raut ruled on Thursday, in response to a writ case brought by four members of the party’s Karnali Provincial Assembly, that the convention organising committee could not serve as the party’s elected central committee.
As a result, the bench granted an interim injunction prohibiting the parliamentarians Prakash Jwala, Nanda Singh Budha, Kurma Raj Shahi, and Amar Bahadur Thapa from being removed from office. These parliamentarians are from the Madhav Kumar Nepal-led faction of the CPN-Maoist Centre, and they crossed the floor to vote for Chief Minister Mahendra Bahadur Shahi of the CPN-Maoist Centre. Following the incident, they were dismissed from their positions as legislators by the convention organizing committee.
Oli declared in early March that the central committee would become the convention organizing committee after the party was reinstated to its pre-2018 shape as a result of a Supreme Court ruling. He had therefore relieved the rebel faction’s leaders of their responsibilities and brought certain former Maoist Centre officials, like Ram Bahadur Thapa, into the party.
However, the highest court’s decision on Thursday has bolstered a breakaway section led by Madhav Kumar Nepal, which has demanded that the party revert to its pre-2018 status in all structures. Following the order, there have been issues raised over the legality of Oli’s decision to expel Nepal and other faction leaders from the party.