KATHMANDU: A six-member panel formed by the ruling Nepal Communist Party to resolve the bitter intra-party rift has suggested that PM K P Oli should complete his five-year tenure, while executive chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ be allowed to exercise full executive power over party affairs, a senior party leader said on Sunday.
The task force, formed by Oli and Prachanda on August 15 and later endorsed by NCP’s powerful Central Secretariat on August 17, was led by the party’s General Secretary Bishnu Poudyal. The panel had submitted its report to Oli and Prachanda on Saturday.
Although the details of the report has not been made public, it is expected to pacify the intra-party rift which deepened further after Prachanda and senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal demanded PM Oli’s resignation. When Oli became PM two-and-a-half years ago in 2018, he and Prachanda had reached a tacit understanding to share the PM’s position turn-by-turn.
The panel has suggested the top leaders of the party to adhere to one-man-one-post principle and to promote coordination and collaboration between the two top leaders, senior NCP leader and standing committee member Ganesh Shah said.
However, the report needs to be ratified in the standing committee meeting, which is likely to be convened this week, he said. According to party insiders, Oli is likely to reshuffle his Cabinet as soon as the Standing Committee meeting of the party endorses the panel’s report.


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