Thakur-Mahato faction expels Upendra Yadav from JSP

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Kathmandu: Mahantha Thakur and Rajendra Mahato faction of the Janata Samajbadi Party (JSP) has expelled Chairman Upendra Yadav from the party.

The faction expelled Yadav from the general membership of the party soon after Baburam Bhattarai-Upendra Yadav faction expelled four leaders including Chairman Thakur.

Earlier, a meeting of the Central Executive Committee of Bhattarai-Yadav faction had expelled Chairman Thakur, senior leader Rajendra Mahato and Executive Committee members Sarbendra Nath Shukla and Laxman Lal Karna, said Secretary of the party office Prakash Adhikari. The faction had sought clarifications from the leaders which they had declined to submit.

The party is divided over whether to support Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli or remove him from the post. The Bhattarai-Yadav faction had been active against Oli and had supported Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba as a new Prime Minister. The Thakur faction had extended its support to Oli and is about to join the incumbent government.