Randy Berry, US Ambassador to Nepal on Monday met Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda', the chairperson of the splinter faction of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) to discuss the priorities of the new Biden administration. The meeting at the time of a major political crisis in Nepal is being regarded here as important. Prachanda and PM Oli are currently engaged in a tussle for power within the NCP.
"In my series of meetings to discuss the new US presidential administration's priorities, I met with @cmprachanda," Berry tweeted after the meeting. He added, "I reiterated the US commitment to strengthening democracies, combating climate change, and uplifting women and girl's rights around the world". Last week, on January 22, Berry has called on Prime Minister Oli to share priorities set by the new Biden administration. Nepal moves into a political crisis on December 20 after Prime Minister Oli in a surprise move dissolved Parliament, amidst serious differences with Prachanda.
After a vertical split in the ruling party following the dissolution of the House, both the factions, one led by Oli and another led by Prachanda, have submitted separate applications at the Election Commission claiming that their team is the genuine party and demanded the election commission to provide them the election symbol of the party. However, the Election Commission is yet to decide the matter.