KATHMANDU: The dissenting leaders of the CPN-UML including Vice-chairman Ashok Rai and Ram Chandra Jha are dwelling on the formation of a new party at Dhulikhel-based Mirabal Hotel on Wednesday.
The disgruntled caucus of Madhesi and ethnic UML leaders are all set to break away from the mother party after the latter did not heed their demand, a source close to the dissenting faction said.
The dissenting faction led by Ashok Rai, who has been boycotting the party meetings, had submitted a booklet entitled “Our Views in the Present Context”, in the central party office on June 12.
The rift had been witnessed in the parties including CPN-UML over the differences on federalism based on single ethnic identity or multi-ethnic identity before the demise of Constituent Assembly. The ethnic and Madhesi leaders under the coordination of Vice-chairman Ashok Rai had been mounting their pressure on the UML party to reconsider its views on the federalism.
The UML party had called a national gathering to sort out the issue, but in a blow to the party, the dissenting faction stayed away from the gathering on June 18-19 after submitting a four-point memorandum including the withdrawal of the party action against leader Ang Kaji Sherpa and implementation of the nine-point demands.
They had warned that they would not attend the party’s upcoming gathering and meetings in the days ahead.