Mon. Mar 25th, 2019

Dahal mulls sacking hard-line MPs over policy


KATHMANDU, MAY 18 – The establishment faction of the UCPN (Maoist) is preparing to remove lawmakers loyal to the hard-line faction elected through the proportional system if they disobey the party’s decision during a vote in the Constituent Assembly.

The establishment faction, led by Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, fears that the hard-line faction may disregard the party’s order during crucial voting in the CA for endorsing the constitution. On Wednesday, Dahal called Maoist Vice-chairman Mohan Baidya to his residence in Lazimpat to discuss the matter.

According to a Maoist leader, Dahal enquired if the Baidya faction planned to go against party policy during the voting. “The list of lawmakers elected under the proportional system loyal to Baidya has been readied. If they go against party policy in parliamentary procedures, they will be removed,” a leader close to Dahal said.

Lawmakers elected through the proportional system can be removed as recommended by the respective party but this does not apply to those elected through the first-past-the-post system. In the meeting, Baidya did not put forth a clear view but promised to come up with a clear idea after consulting with his colleagues. “If the new constitution fails to meet the aspirations of Dalit, Janajati and marginalised groups, we will not abide by party directives,” said Central Committee member Bharat Bam, who is close to Baidya.

In the parliamentary system, chief whips of respective parties can issue a whip to their lawmakers to vote for a party proposal in House. As Maoist Chip Whip Dev Gurung belongs to the hard-line faction, the establishment faction fears he may create problems by not issuing whips or doing so against party policy. The Baidya faction has protested its exclusion while forging a deal on contentious issues of constitution. The faction is preparing to protest in the Constitutional Committee about the ongoing constitution-drafting process.source Post Report

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