NSU’s 11th gen­eral con­ven­tion breeds dis­putes in NC

People's Review - - NATION - By Our Re­porter

The 11th gen­eral con­ven­tion of the Nepal Stu­dents Union that be­gan in Kath­mandu on Sun­day could not re­main free from con­tro­ver­sies. It's closed ses­sion had to be put off by one more day due to the dis­putes over the rep­re­sen­ta­tives to the con­ven­tion the very next the con­ven­tion be­gan. The NSU, which has been un­able to hold its gen­eral con­ven­tion for nine years since the uni­fi­ca­tion be­tween NC and Nepali Congress Demo­cratic in 2007, has be­gun the gen­eral con­ven­tion with­out se­lect­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 11 dis­tricts. A few stu­dent lead­ers staged hunger strike to se­lect the rep­re­sen­ta­tives in a fair way. How­ever, the NC could not re­solve the prob­lem and this fi­nally led to the post­pone­ment of the closed ses­sion in the con­ven­tion. Again the rep­re­sen­ta­tives have been di­vided into four panels hav­ing their own can­di­date for the post of chair­man. NC pres­i­dent Sher Ba­hadur Deuba, se­nior leader Ram Chan­dra Poudel, lead­ers Khum Ba­hadur Khadka and Kr­ishna Si­taula had their sep­a­rate can­di­dates for the top posts in the or­gan­si­a­tions. When these lead­ers tried to send their own ‘men' from dis­tricts, num­ber of rep­re­sen­ta­tives swelled up al­most by 1000 to 3400, prompt­ing the dis­putes. The panel which man­ages to have his ‘man' to lead the NSU is be­lieved to be strong within the NC and the lead­ers ap­plied every mea­sure to dom­i­nate the stu­dent wings. This is why the NC post­poned the nom­i­na­tion of min­is­ters rep­re­sent­ing the party un­til the NSU con­ven­tion con­cludes.

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