UML Math: How ‘comfortable’ is it for Madhav Nepal?

KATHMANDU: After the re-establishment of the CPN-UML by the Supreme Court, Madhav Nepal, who was in crisis, is ready to return ‘home’ along with his group. Some leaders close to Nepal had suggested that he would be more comfortable with Prachanda than with Oli.

The Central Committee of the re-established CPN-UML and the arithmetic of the parliamentary parties, on the other hand, seem to be more comfortable for Nepal to exercise his power in the UML than to go with the Maoist Centre.

The parliamentary parties will not support Nepal to split the UML and go to the Maoist centre. He does not have 40 percent of the UML MPs. Even his aides like Lal Babu Pandit have already expressed that they are in favour of Oli.

But Madhav Nepal has a strong share in the UML Central Committee. Some of the central members of the 201-member Central Committee before the unification with the Maoists have died and some have gone vacant due to their constitutional positions.

UML Vice President Bidhya Bhandari became the President, Ganesh Timalsina the Speaker of the National Assembly, Agni Kharel the Attorney General, Dharmanath Yadav the State Chief and Sanukumar Shrestha the Speaker of Bagmati Province.

Similarly, Rabindra Adhikari, Mahin Limbu and Dinesh Chandra Yadav have passed away while Radha krishna Mainali and Prahlad Giri were expelled due to legal action. 

It is not clear which side Bamdev Gautam and Hari Parajuli are on from the remaining central members. Somnath Adhikari Pyasi has become the Province Chief. Similarly, Bansidhar Mishra and Mahendra Bahadur Pandey have become ambassadors. It is unknown at this time what will happen to their positions. 

Apart from these, 104 central members are in favour of KP Oli and 89 are in favour of Madhav Nepal. This number may go up or down after the final decision of the Supreme Court. But even though the Oli faction has a majority in the Central Committee on the basis of its affiliation before the dissolution of the UML, the Madhav Nepal faction also has a strong presence.

CENTRAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS 

Oli faction – 104 

  1. KP Sharma Oli 
  2. Ishwor Pokharel 
  3. Bishnu Poudel
  4. Prithvi Subba Gurung 
  5. Pradeep Gyawali 
  6. Subash Nemwang 
  7. Kiran Gurung 
  8. Chhabilal Bishwakarma 
  9. Satya Narayan Mandal 
  10. Shankar Pokharel 
  11. Raghubir Mahaseth 
  12. Bishnu Rimal 
  13. Pushpa Kandel 
  14. Keshab Badal 
  15. Kashinath Adhikari 
  16. Tham Maya Thapa Magar 
  17. Binda Pandey
  18. Bhanubhakta Dhakal 
  19. Mahendra Pandey 
  20. Yam Lal Kandel 
  21. Radha Gyawali 
  22. Lal Babu Pandit 
  23. Karna Bahadur Thapa 
  24. Gokul Gharti Magar 
  25. Gorakh Bogati
  26. Jagat Bishwakarma 
  27. Dal Bahadur Rana 
  28. Yubaraj Karki 
  29. Yog Narayan Yadav
  30. Sherdhan Rai 
  31. Ishwari Rijal 
  32. Ekraj Bishwakarma 
  33. Kamala Devi Mahato 
  34. Khagendra Rai 
  35. Khimlal Bhattarai 
  36. Khem Man Khadka 
  37. Ganesh Singh Thagunna 
  38. Goma Devkota 
  39. Jagadish Prasad Kusiyait 
  40. Dambar Singh Sambahamfe 
  41. Najir Miya 
  42. Padma Aryal 
  43. Parbat Gurung 
  44. Balbir Prasad Chaudhary 
  45. Baijnath Chaudhary 
  46. Bom Bahadur BK
  47. Bhairab Sundar Shrestha 
  48. Maheshwar Pathak 
  49. Mayanath Adhikari 
  50. Rajan Bhattarai 
  51. Lal Bahadur Thapa 
  52. Lila Giri 
  53. Lilanath Shrestha 
  54. Sher Bahadur Tamang 
  55. Siraj Ahmad Farooqi 
  56. Sita Poudel 
  57. Sujita Shakya 
  58. Surya Thapa
  59. Sushila Nepal 
  60. Hikmat Karki 
  61. Gyan Bahadur Bhujel 
  62. Krishna Gopal Shrestha 
  63. Jaya Ghimire 
  64. Devraj Ghimire 
  65. Bijay Subba 
  66. Suman Pyakurel 
  67. Ram Dayal Mandal 
  68. Ganga Yadav
  69. Lal Babu Yadav 
  70. Hari Narayan Mahato 
  71. Pramod Narayan Yadav
  72. Kishor Adhikari 
  73. Khem Prasad Lohani 
  74. Gulab Jung Shah 
  75. Govinda Bahadur Nepali 
  76. Tilak Mahat 
  77. Taiyab Hussein 
  78. Til Bahadur BK 
  79. Puran Singh Dayal 
  80. Prem Bahadur Ale 
  81. Bina Shrestha 
  82. Bhagawati Chaudhary 
  83. Bhupendra Thapa 
  84. Bhairav Bahadur Singh 
  85. Mana KC 
  86. Madhav Dhungel 
  87. Mohan Baniya 
  88. Ram Rati Devi Ram 
  89. Ram Sharan Basnet 
  90. Laxmi Pokharel 
  91. Bishal Bhattarai 
  92. Sher Bahadur KC
  93. Sita Sundas 
  94. Manav Bahadur GC 
  95. Rup Narayan Shrestha 
  96. Narad Muni Rana 
  97. Manju Chaudhary 
  98. Hari Rajbanshi 
  99. Saroj Yadav
  100. Mohammad Harun 
  101. Juli Mahato 
  102. Shanta Chaudhary 
  103. Kapil Dev Pokharel 
  104. Dr. Shiva Maya Tumbahamfe 

Madhav faction – 89 

  1. Jhalanath Khanal
  2. Madhav Kumar Nepal 
  3. Yubaraj Gyawali 
  4. Astalaxmi Shakya 
  5. Bhim Rawal 
  6. Ghanashyam Bhusal
  7. Bhim Acharya 
  8. Gokarna Bista ‘
  9. Yogesh Bhattarai
  10. Mukunda Neupane
  11. Surendra Pandey
  12. Amrit Bohora 
  13. Arun Nepal
  14. Ganga Lal Tuladhar 
  15. Nagendra Chaudhary 
  16. Pradip Nepal
  17. Prakash Jwala 
  18. Parshuram Meghi 
  19. Pashupati Chaulagain 
  20. Beduram Bhusal
  21. Raghuji Panta
  22. Rajendra Prasad Pandey
  23. Ram Prit Paswan
  24. Dr. Bijay Poudel
  25. Shree Maya Thakali 
  26. Gaura Prasai Koirala 
  27. Jagannath Khatiwada 
  28. Tul Bahadur Gurung 
  29. Bhagwat Bishwasi 
  30. Shatrughan Mahato
  31. Garima Shah 
  32. Chudamani Jangali 
  33. Jayanti Rai
  34. Jeevan Ghimire 
  35. Jeevan Ram Shrestha
  36. Tanka Karki 
  37. Thakur Gaire 
  38. Baldev Chaudhary
  39. Mamata Giri 
  40. Mahfuz Ansari 
  41. Yagya Raj Sunuwar 
  42. Rajendra Kumar Rai
  43. Ram Kumari Jhankri 
  44. Laxman Poudel
  45. Bijay Gurung 
  46. Birodh Khatiwada 
  47. Bishwa Nath Pyakurel 
  48. Sabitra Bhusal 
  49. Sita Giri Oli 
  50. Som Prasad Pandey
  51. Shree Prasad Shah 
  52. Kedar Neupane 
  53. Kalyani Khadka 
  54. Ghanendra Basnet 
  55. Pramesh Hamal 
  56. Ram Kumar Gyawali 
  57. Ram Chandra Yadav 
  58. Rabindra Baitha 
  59. Yadubansh Jha
  60. Dharma Nath Shah 
  61. Ram Chandra Shah Teli 
  62. Ratneshwor Goyit 
  63. Kamal Jung Rai Danuwar 
  64. Krishna Khanal
  65. Ganesh Pahadi 
  66. Dinesh Rai 
  67. Dharma Raj Niroula 
  68. Nira Jairu 
  69. Prakash Shah 
  70. Pratap Lal Shrestha 
  71. Premal Khanal 
  72. Madhav Aryal 
  73. Metmani Chaudhary 
  74. Rachana Khadka 
  75. Rabin Koirala
  76. Rajan Rai 
  77. Raj Bahadur Budha 
  78. Bikram Shahi 
  79. Surendra Manandhar 
  80. Som Mishra 
  81. Hari Bahadur Rai 
  82. Hansh Raj Shahi 
  83. Khagendra Chudal
  84. Jhapat Rawal 
  85. Deuman Sambahamfe 
  86. Dev Shankar Poudel 
  87. Bhaskar Kafle
  88. Sudhir Shah 
  89. Sarala Yadav 

Neutral – 2

  1. Bamdev Gautam 
  2. Hari Parajuli 

Vacant – 12 

  1. Bidhya Devi Bhandari, President
  2. Ganesh Timalsina, National Assembly Chairperson 
  3. Agni Kharel, Attorney General 
  4. Dharma Nath Yadav, Province Chief 
  5. Somna Pyasi, Province Chief 
  6. Sanu Kumar Shrestha, Bagmati Province Speaker 
  7. Rabindra Adhikari, Deceased 
  8. Ramnath Dhakal, Deceased 
  9. Dinesh Chandra Yadav, Deceased  
  10. Mahin Subba Limbu, Deceased 
  11. Radha Krishna Mainali, under legal action 
  12. Pralhad Giri, under legal action 

Among the office bearers are Chairman Oli, General Secretary Ishwar Pokharel, Deputy General Secretary Bishnu Poudel and Secretaries Pradip Gyawali and Prithvi Subba Gurung Oli. While Vice Chairperson Bamdev remained neutral, other office bearers – Vice Chairperson Bhim Rawal, Ashtalakshmi Shakya, Yuvraj Gyawali, Deputy General Secretary Ghanshyam Bhusal, Secretaries Yogesh Bhattarai, Bhim Acharya and Gokarna Bista are part of the Madhav faction. 

In the parliamentary party, Oli has a two-thirds majority. Currently, there are 120 out of 121 UML MPs. Of them, 82 are in favour of Oli and only 38 are in favour of Madhav Nepal. 

PARLIAMENTARY PARTY

Oli faction – 82

  1. KP Sharma Oli 
  2. Ishwar Pokharel 
  3. Bishnu Poudel 
  4. Subash Chandra Nemwang 
  5. Basanta Kumar Nemwang 
  6. Lal Prasad Sawa (LP)
  7. Rajendra Gautam
  8. Rajendra Rai 
  9. Ghanashyam Khatiwada 
  10. Bhanubhakta Dhakal 
  11. Bishal Bhattarai 
  12. Lila Nath Shrestha 
  13. Raghubir Mahaseth 
  14. Parbat Gurung 
  15. Bhumi Prasad Tripathi 
  16. Khem Prasad Lohani 
  17. Krishna Bahadur Rai 
  18. Krishna Gopal Shrestha 
  19. Mahesh Basnet 
  20. Nawaraj Silwal 
  21. Gokul Baskota 
  22. Krishna Prasad Dahal 
  23. Polden Chhepang Gurung 
  24. Khagaraj Adhikari
  25. Bidhya Bhattarai
  26. Jagat Bahadur Sunar 
  27. Krishna Kumar Shrestha (Kisan) 
  28. Kedar Sigdel 
  29. Narayan Prasad Marasini 
  30. Padma Kumari Aryal 
  31. Tilak Bahadur Mahat 
  32. Prem Prasad Tulachan 
  33. Bhupendra Bahadur Thapa 
  34. Surya Prasad Pathak 
  35. Padam Giri 
  36. Pradeep Gyawali 
  37. Chhabilal Bishwakarma 
  38. Dal Bahadur Rana 
  39. Brijesh Kumar Gupta 
  40. Nanda Lal Roka Chhetri 
  41. Hridayesh Tripathi 
  42. Rabindra Raj Sharma 
  43. Nawaraj Raut 
  44. Lal Bahadur Thapa 
  45. Prem Bahadur Ale 
  46. Narad Muni Rana 
  47. Ganesh Singh Thagunna 
  48. Damodar Bhandari
  49. Nar Bahadur Dhami 
  50. Bhairav Bahadur Singh 
  51. Bijay Subba 
  52. Mohan Baniya 
  53. Motilal Dugar 
  54. Tham Maya Thapa
  55. Dr. Shiva Maya Tumbahamfe 
  56. Sujita Shakya 
  57. Bina Shrestha 
  58. Nabina Lama 
  59. Shanti Maya Pakhrin 
  60. Kumari Meche 
  61. Radha Kumari Gyawali 
  62. Binda Pandey
  63. Goma Devkota 
  64. Niru Devi Pal 
  65. Man Kumari GC 
  66. Bishnu Sharma 
  67. Sarita Neupane
  68. Maina Kumari Bhandari 
  69. Tirtha Gautam
  70. Shanta Chaudhary 
  71. Bimala Bishwakarma 
  72. Asha Kumari BK
  73. Juli Kumari Mahato 
  74. Rekha Kumari Jha 
  75. Sarita Kumari Giri 
  76. Sher Bahadur Tamang 
  77. Yagya Bogati
  78. Ram Bir Manandhar 
  79. Dhan Bahadur Budha 
  80. Tulasi Thapa
  81. Lal Babu Pandit 
  82. Bimala BK (Jhapa) 

Madhav faction – 38

  1. Madhav Kumar Nepal 
  2. Jhalanath Khanal 
  3. Ghanashyam Bhusal 
  4. Yogesh Bhattarai 
  5. Raj Bahadur Budha Chhetri 
  6. Parbat Kumari Bisunkhe
  7. Dhruba Kumar Shahi 
  8. Jeevan Ram Shrestha 
  9. Ganesh Kumar Pahadi 
  10. Sarala Yadav 
  11. Pushpa Kumari Karna 
  12. Krishna Lal Maharjan 
  13. Narayan Prasad Khatiwada 
  14. Krishna Bhakta Pokharel 
  15. Maya Devi Neupane
  16. Birodh Khatiwada 
  17. Ram Kumari Jhankri 
  18. Kalyani Kumari Khadka 
  19. Yagya Raj Sunuwar 
  20. Samina Hussein 
  21. Jay Kumar Rai 
  22. Metmani Chaudhary 
  23. Hira Chandra KC 
  24. Laxmi Kumari Chaudhary 
  25. Bhawani Prasad Khapung 
  26. Jhapat Rawal 
  27. Nira Devi Jairu 
  28. Dr. Deep Prakash Bhatta 
  29. Kalila Khatun 
  30. Som Prasad Pandeya 
  31. Bina Devi Budhathoki 
  32. Bhim Bahadur Rawal 
  33. Mukunda Neupane 
  34. Pabitra Niraula 
  35. Ganga Chaudhary Satgauwa 
  36. Gokarna Bista 
  37. Surendra Prasad Pandey 
  38. Gopal Bam  
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