Koirala, Deuba locked in tight race for delegatesFinal results of Nepali Congress’s local level conventions are yet to be announced, but the trend shows the two factions, led by incumbent party President Sushil Koirala and senior leader Sher Bahadur Deuba, are locked in a tight race.
Final results of Nepali Congress’s local level conventions are yet to be announced, but the trend shows the two factions, led by incumbent party President Sushil Koirala and senior leader Sher Bahadur Deuba, are locked in a tight race.
The party is holding its local conventions to elect representatives for the General Convention (GC) scheduled for March 3 to 6. The GC will elect the party’s top officials, including the president.
While both the factions have made claims of securing majority of delegates, party insiders and our district correspondents say it’s going to be a tight game.
Morang district, which is a stronghold of the Koirala camp, is set to witness a tight competition, according to our correspondent. In Nuwakot, another establishment-controlled district, the Deuba faction seems to have made significant progress.
“Compared to previous local level conventions, we now have an upper hand,” said NC leader Prakash Sharan Mahat, a leader close to Deuba.
But NC leader Ananda Prasad Dhungana, a leader close to Koirala, claims that more representatives from the establishment camp have won at the local level.
About 3,200 convention
representatives will be
elected from electoral constituencies, districts and sister organisations.
In Kavre district, the Deuba faction has increased its strength, but there is still domination of the establishment faction. In Rolpa district, the establishment faction has won more seats in the GC representative election. Similarly, in Gorkha district, there is domination of the establishment faction.
In Rautahat and Saptari districts, the electoral constituency level conventions have been disturbed due to disputes between the rival factions of the party.
In Kanchanpur, Deuba’s home constituency, the Deuba faction continues to hold sway.
Meanwhile, some noted leaders of the party have been defeated in electoral constituency level conventions. Similarly, there were obstructions by Madhes-based parties in some districts of the Tarai.
NC leader Dhungana said Madhes-based parties are intentionally obstructing the local level conventions.
Chairman of Nepal Trade Union Congress Khilanath Dahal has been defeated in the GC representative election in Okhaldhunga-1 constituency.