Deuba los­ing grip in NC

People's Review - - FRONT PAGE - By Our Re­porter

The na­tional as­sem­bly of the Nepali Congress district pres­i­dents held in He­tauda be­came the venue for demon­strat­ing strength for both es­tab­lish­ment fiction and op­po­si­tion fiction in the Nepali Congress. Dif­fer­ent fac­tions in the party were seen united against party pres­i­dent Sher Ba­hadur Deuba. They had put pres­sure Deuba for leadership change. How­ever, Deuba stood strongly against the united op­po­nents claim­ing that he would make the party strong as like in the past. Mean­while, as anti­estab­lish­ment fac­tions have be­come united in the party, Deuba has fur­ther be­come weak in the party. The de­feat of his camp in the re­cently held elec­tion to the Trade Union Congress with a big mar­gin shows his weak­en­ing po­si­tion in the party. Puskar­nath Acharya from Kr­ishna Si­taula camp was elected pres­i­dent by de­feat­ing Khi­lanath Da­hal of Deuba camp. The clean­sweep by Ram Chan­dra Poudel and Si­taula camp in the trade Union Congress is any­thing to go by, party Pres­i­dent Deuba is los­ing his grip on the NC with ri­val fac­tions reg­is­ter­ing vic­tory in the gen­eral con­ven­tions of the sis­ter or­gan­i­sa­tions one after another. When the re­sults of the Nepal Trade Union Congress elec­tion came out on Satur­day, Deuba and his camp should have shocked as he lost his grip on the NTUC, con­sid­ered to be one of the strong­est sis­ter wings of the party. The en­tire panel led by Pushkar Acharya, close to the ri­val fac­tion, was vic­to­ri­ous in the sixth gen­eral con­ven­tion held in the Cap­i­tal. While Acharya got 818 votes, his con­tender Dhakal got only 533. This is the third back to back de­feat for the es­tab­lish­ment

fac­tion. The ri­vals emerged vic­to­ri­ous re­cently in the polls to elect new leadership of the teach­ers' union and the en­gi­neers' as­so­ci­a­tion. Though the en­gi­neers' as­so­ci­a­tion does not in­flu­ence the party line, NTUC and the teach­ers' union are con­sid­ered in­flu­en­tial sis­ter wings of the NC. Im­me­di­ately after fac­ing de­feat in the NTCU, Deuba is fac­ing wrath from the pres­i­dents of the party's district com­mit­tees who have gath­ered in He­tauda from Tues­day. He is likely to draw crit­i­cism from district lead­ers due to the de­feat of the party. He is also likely to face pres­sure to hold early gen­eral con­ven­tion in the as­sem­bly.

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