Amid increasing political crisis, the rival faction of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) on Sunday expelled Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli from the party after his decision to dissolve the Lower House of the Parliament.

A media report quoted the rival faction’s spokesperson Narayankaji Shrestha as saying that Nepal Prime Minister Oli is now no longer is a member of the party.

Shrestha told a news agency on Sunday: “Today’s central committee meeting which conveyed at Paris Danda decided to remove KP Sharma Oli from the party. He no longer holds even a simple membership of the Nepal Communist Party.”

Earlier, the splinter group under the leadership of former Prime Ministers Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal asked KP Sharma Oli to reply as to why he shouldn’t be expelled from the party for making unconstitutional decisions.

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Seeking clarification from Oli, the faction handed over a letter to the Nepal Prime Minister’s residence. But Oli did not respond to the letter.

Shrestha said: “We waited for long. He didn’t reply to us. Our latest decision comes in line by exercising the executive rights provided by the Central Committee of the party.”

On December 20 last year Prime Minister Oli decided to dissolve the Parliament deepening the political crisis and sought fresh elections for April and May in 2021.

Later, Nepal’s President Bidya Devi Bhandari approved the decision or election.

After Oli’s move, the NCP split into two factions.

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