Deuba eyes for par­lia­men­tary party leader, but likely to face strong op­posi on

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The Nepali Congress suf­fered a hu­mil­i­at­ing de­feat in the elec­tions be­cause of the wrong de­ci­sions and work­ing styles of its party pres­i­dent Sher Ba­hadur Deuba. Many tra­di­tional NC vot­ers did not give their votes to the party due to un­pop­u­lar and power-cen­tric de­ci­sions of Deuba. Still, Deuba seems not to re­alise this pub­lic sen­ti­ment and is try­ing to be­come the par­lia­men­tary party leader of the party. How­ever, the youth lead­ers as well as those close to se­nior leader Ram Chan­dra Poudel are not ready to let Deuba be­come PP leader unan­i­mously. When most NC ac­tivists and vot­ers do not want to see Deuba as PP leader, the lat­ter has pre­pared to be­come PP leader in the sup­port of the PR mem­bers of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. How­ever, Prakash Man Singh has an­nounced his can­di­dacy for the post of PP

leader chal­leng­ing Deuba. If the two lead­ers con­test for the post of the PP leader, Singh is likely to be vic­to­ri­ous. But when the NC tries to elect its PP leader unan­i­mously, only gen­eral sec­re­tary Dr Sashank Koirala could be­come PP unan­i­mously. There­fore, many ar­gue that there is a slim chance for Deuba to be­come PP leader this time, which they said is nec­es­sary to give a new lease of life to NC. NC has only 63 mem­bers in the strong 275-mem­ber lower house whereas af­ter the uni­fi­ca­tion be­tween the UML and Maoist Cen­tre the rul­ing CPN will have 174 seats, nearly a two-thirds ma­jor­ity.

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