Government endorses draft ordinance to split party
KATHMANDU: The government on Tuesday endorsed the draft of an ordinance by amending the political parties Act-2017 through which a political party can split from the mother party if it has 20 percent members in the Central Committee and Parliamentary Party.
The percentage was not kept when it was drafted by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs. The government established 20 percent provision by holding a discussion with CPN-UML senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal. This will make it easier for Mahanta Thakur as well.
According to a source, the ordinance has a provision that the Province Assembly members and local level representatives can inform the concerned authority if they want to register a new party within 21 days of the split of any political party.
In that case, the post of Province Assembly members and local representatives will be saved if they join the Madhav Nepal faction and can also change the province governments. This provision was brought at the request of Nepal.
Meanwhile, the main opposition CPN-UML has decided to retaliate if government passed the ordinance to split the party. The party said that the government decided to bring the ordinance with an objective to split the CPN-UML.