Dis­putes deep­ens in NC

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

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.

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