KATHMANDU: A Central Committee meeting of the CPN-UML called to resolve the party’s internal row over the issue of federalism has hit a snag due to the non-attendance of the ethnic and Madhesi leaders in Balkhu on Saturday afternoon.
The CC meeting had been called to patch up the party’s internal row over the issue of ethnicity-based federalism that the ethnic and Madhesi leaders within the party have been raising.
However, the meeting, which had been expected to placate the grievances of the disgruntled ethnic and Madhesi UML leaders, could not resolve its internal conflict as the agitating faction did not show up in the meeting, a source privy to the meeting said.
Ethnic leaders including UML Vice-chairman Ashok Rai, leaders Bijya Subba and Prithvi Subba Gurung and Ram Chandra Jha, among others, have been boycotting the party’s politburo and CC meetings, warning that they would break away from the party unless it comes to terms with federalism based on ethnic identity.
The meeting was also expected to dwell on the political conditions following the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly and the announcement of the CA elections today.