NC calls CWC meet for convention deferralThe ruling Nepali Congress has called a meeting of its Central Working Committee for Tuesday at the Constituent Assembly building to announce the deferral of the party’s 13th general convention.
The ruling Nepali Congress has called a meeting of its Central Working Committee for Tuesday at the Constituent Assembly building to announce the deferral of the party’s 13th general convention.
A statement issued by Rishikesh Tiwari, the NC chief secretary, stated that all office bearers of the party and CWC members are requested to participate in the meeting.
The CWC meeting has called exactly a day before the party’s planned village level convention which, too, has become uncertain due to row over active membership.
Earlier, the NC had decided to hold its 13th general convention from September 19 to 22. It is not sure whether the NC will announce a new general convention date on Tuesday. NC President Sushil Koriala and senior party leader Sher Bahadur Deuba have differing views on when to organise the General Convention.
Deuba faction wants the completion of the convention by December while Koriala camp wants to postpone the event until 2016 January-February.
The four-year tenure of President Koirala’s completed in 2014 September. But he still heads the NC as the party has not been able to conduct its general convention.
According to the Interim Constitution, every political party has to elect new leadership by five years. Koirala will complete his five years in the NC helm this September.
Since the party is unlikely to hold its general convention by September, the party is mulling to amend the Interim Constitution, seeking six months extension.
“The reason behind seeking the extension by the Koriala camp is to hold the convention in early next year,” said NC leader Prakash Sharan Mahat, a close aide of Deuba.
On Thursday, a meeting of the NC’s office bearers had reached the decision to postpone the general convention, citing that the party was currently busy in constitution writing process.
The meeting also decided to hold discussion with all lawmakers regarding constitution writing and delineation of the federal states.