For KP Oli, power stands for setting the political alignment and configuration right with his opponents and adversaries. The decision to merge the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) — formed through the merger of KP Sharma Oli-led Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist and Leninist) and Pushpa Kamal Prachanda-led Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) in 2018 — has been effectively challenged by the Nepalese Supreme Court.
The Court, while delivering the verdict, recognised Rishi Kattel as the legitimate leader of the NCP before Prachanda and Oli merged their groups. However, this judgement by the Court will boost Oli’s hold and sway in the party and the government as Prachanda’s faction has been trying their level best for Oli’s ouster from the party and government.
The road for Prachanda, however, looks tough and tricky as the Oli-led CPN-UML had more seats in the House than Prachanda-led CPN (Maoist Centre) before merging in 2018. The NCP rebels who won on UML tickets will have to either acknowledge and appreciate Oli’s leadership or risk the chance of being disqualified.
Oli enjoys exploiting the situation to his advantage and benefit, so whatever decision President Vidya Devi Bhandari takes will have to reflect and represent the core constituencies of those backing Oli for now, but may sound ready for shifting their obedience and loyalty at the opportune time.