As the intra-party feuds increased and increased sense of betrayal, Nepal Communist Party (NCP) leader Bamdev Gautam has decided to back away from his decision to contest a by-election from Kathmandu-7. PM Oli himself was not happy with holding by-elections in Kathmandu-7 after asking lawmaker Rambir Manandhar to step to downs. Most of the senior leaders of the party including party chairman and Prime Minister Oli had stood against the proposal emanating from the other party chairperson, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, to field Gautam in a by-election from Kathmandu-7 after getting incumbent lawmaker Rambir Manandhar to vacate the parliamentary seat.
Manandhar was quite ready to vacate the seat and pave the way for former deputy prime minister Gautam. Ever since his defeat in the House of Representatives election from his home district of Bardiya, Gautam had been lobbying to become a lawmaker through a by-election after getting an incumbent to resign. But lawmaker from Dolpa Dhan Bahadur Budha turned down Gautam’s request that he resign. Party chairman Dahal had then taken the initiative to persuade Manandhar to resign from Kathmandu-7 and open the way for Gautam, today’ Republica reports. But at a party secretariat meeting, most of the influential party leaders stood against the idea. “Earlier, even party general secretary Bishnu Paudel and senior leader Madhav Nepal were positive about bringing Gautam into parliament via the by-election route. But this time they came out against because the way it was introduced at the party meeting was suspicious and Gautam’s contesting from the capital city could tarnish the party’s image,” said one influential party leader.