Disputes deepens in NC
At a time when the Nepali Congress is preparing to hold its Mahasamiti meeting in Kathmandu next month, dispute in the party has further deepened with the rival factions led by senior leaders Ram Chandra Poudel and Krishna Sitaula holding separate meetings and the unity among the leaders from the Koirala family. The rival factions held two separate meetings in the past few weeks while general secretary Dr Shasanka Koirala, Dr Shekhar Koirala and Sujata Koirala tried to give a message of unity among them by wearing a single garland in Biratnagar this week. When the establishment took a few decisions by bypassing the rival factions, the rival leaders have consolidated their strength in recent weeks. No doubt, it is the incompetency of the party president Sher Bahadur Deuba that turned the largest democratic party into a pawn in a year. Still he has not realised this reality and continued to exercise power taking one controversial decision after another. The failure of the party to hold the general convention of the Nepal Students Union, the powerful sister organisation of the party itself shows how incompetent Deuba is to lead the party. The angry students a day before Nepal Students Union Central Committee's term ended, shouted slogans against pparty President Sher Bahadur Deuba and prevented him from entering party headquarters in Lalitpur. Although a meeting of the party central working committee decided to extend the term of the NSU by two months, holding general convention in two months looks impossible considering the dispute over age
bar and factionalism in the organisation. NSU is divided into Deuba, Ramchandra Paudel, Shashank Koirala and Krishna Situala factions. Some NSU leaders opposed the party establishment, while others shouted slogans in support of the establishment faction. Senior NC leader Ramchandra Paudel's group in the NSU wanted to dissolve the incumbent NSU Central Committee and form a General Convention Organising Committee. Deuba's group wanted to amend the NSU statute and let the incumbent CC of the NSU hold the next general convention of the NSU. As per the NSU statute, the general convention should be held every two years and if that was not possible the deadline could be extended by three more months, which was already done. NC had formed a committee including Prakash Sharan Mahat from the Deuba group, Nabindra Raj Joshi from the Paudel group and Gururaj Ghimire from General Secretary Shashank Koirala's group to resolve the dispute over NSU's general convention, but the committee failed. The issue was therefore referred to the party leadership.