STAFF REPORTER: The Nepal Government plunged into a deep crisis as Talks between Push Kumar Dahal and KP Sharma Oli failed to break the deadlock. Prime Minister Oli has dared Dahal to do whatever he can but he won’t resign. A miffed Dahal called off a scheduled standing committee meeting on Saturday at 11 AM and “sought time for discussions.” According to sources close to Communist party, the standing committee meeting is expected to take place on Monday. Dahal faction backed by senior Communist leaders, Madhab Nepal, Jhalanath Khanal, accused Oli of reneging on a gentleman’s power sharing agreement. Dahal and Oli had reached a gentleman’s agreement during the merger of their parties after winning the elections. According to the agreement, Oli is supposed to hand over power after two and half years.
Oli has now refused and has prorogued the House and indicated that he is not averse to split the party by introducing an ordinance. This has put the Dahal faction under pressure although majority of members of the standing committee has demanded that Oli step down from the Chair as well as from the post of PM.