Deuba: Now move through, Poudel’s counter-argument: What number of days to run away?

October 28, Kathmandu. The active dispute in the Nepali Congress, which is engaged in the preparations for the 14th General Convention, has not been fully resolved. The central committee meeting was held at the residence of party president Sher Bahadur Deuba instead of the party office due to the 116-day strike in Rautahat.

The meeting scheduled to be held at Budhanilkantha at one o’clock in the afternoon started only after five o’clock in the evening. In the meeting that started after the consensus was reached among the major leaders, General Secretary Purna Bahadur Khadka presented the agenda including the formation of the main organizing committee of the General Convention and the appointment of seven provincial coordinators for the provincial convention.

The leaders, however, questioned the controversy in the judiciary, the legitimacy of the coordination committee comprising the top leaders of the ruling coalition and the electoral coordination.

Senior leader Ram Chandra Poudel, on the other hand, has raised questions about the active membership dispute. He drew the attention of party president Deuba to find a solution to the dispute in his home district and the ongoing strike at the party office in Sanepa.

At the end of the meeting which lasted for about three hours, Chairman Deuba urged to pass the agenda and said, “Now pass.” But senior leader Poudel countered.

He stressed on the need to resolve the ongoing hunger strike of some leaders and activists of Rautahat in Sanepa and the dispute in Dadeldhura district. ‘Rautahat cadres have been on hunger strike in Sanepa for 116 days. We ran away and sat in Budhanilkantha. People of Dadeldhura district are saying that they will hold a sit-in in Sanepa. It’s not about me, it’s about your district, ‘said Poudel. How to solve these problems? How can a proposal be passed without resolving the issue? Is it just a pass? ‘

According to a leader who participated in the meeting, Poudel had stressed that the meeting should not be concluded by postponing the active membership dispute. Immediately, former General Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula spoke. He said that it would not be appropriate to withdraw the active membership dispute as the process of the General Convention has already moved forward. “If we want to hold the general convention on time, let’s stop arguing. We don’t have time,” he said.

After getting the support of Sitaula, the leader of the so-called third stream group, Chairman Deuba did not address Poudel’s attention and the Central Working Committee meeting has ended.

Decisions made by the meeting

Congress has formed a main preparatory committee under the leadership of President Sher Bahadur Deuba for the 14th General Convention to be held in Kathmandu from 24-26. The committee will have central members of the party, MPs, state parliamentary party leaders and other members.

Similarly, coordinators have been appointed in all the seven states for the convention of the provincial committee. Former General Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula has been appointed as the coordinator of Province One, Ramesh Rijal as the coordinator of Province Two, Prakash Man Singh in Bagmati Province, Gopalman Shrestha in Gandaki Province, Home Minister Bal Krishna Khan in Lumbini, Jeevan Bahadur Shahi in Karnali and Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Dilendra Prasad Badu.

Minister for Communications and Information Technology Gyanendra Bahadur Karki has been given the responsibility of raising funds for the convention while a committee has been formed under the coordination of Surendra Raj Pandey for food and accommodation. Joint General Minister Dr. Prakash Sharan Mahat has been given the responsibility of welcoming foreign guests while a committee has been formed for the management of the forum under the coordination of Kathmandu district president with Bhaktapur and Lalitpur presidents as members. Spokesperson Bishwaprakash Sharma has been given the responsibility of publicity.

Mohan Bahadur Basnet has been given the responsibility of health sector. A Congress leader said that the responsibility of the cultural committee for the inaugural session has been given to central member Sita Gurung. Though the inauguration of the Congress General Convention will be held on December 8, the election process will start on December 7. The Central Committee has decided to register the nomination for the working committee on the 21st. Voting will be held on December 10.

Similarly, the upcoming general convention of the Nepali Congress will only select the leadership and the new working committee has decided to convene a legislative session to decide the policy and program.


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