Deuba’s resignation must to revive NC within five years: Dr Koirala



KATHMANDU,  April 29: Nepali Congress (NC) leader Dr Shekhar Koirala has said that party president Sher Bahadur Dueba should step down from party leadership arguing that the party–which bore an unexpected loss in the November 26 and December 7 House of Representatives and Province Assembly election–can be revived with the help of new leadership.

He further said that it was the irresponsibility of party president Deuba not to even accept that the party loss the elections due to leadership weakness.

“Deuba neither takes the responsibility of party’s election loss nor he is ready to hand over the party leadership—which is not acceptable to us,” Koirala vented ire while taking to Rishi Dhamala at a program ‘Dhamala ko Hamala’ on Sunday.

“Deuba must step down,” he reiterated adding, “If he hands over the leadership role to new generation, Nepali Congress can be totally revived within five years.”

Nepali Congress, which was the largest party before polls, was able to secure only 23 seats under the first-past-the-post category. CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) who dramatically announced alliance on the eve of the elections, swept the elections winning 116 seats (UML 80 and Maoist Center 36).

On a different note, Dr Koirala accused Prime Minister K P Sharma of trying to bring totalitarianism in the country and added that the prime minister would never success in his mission.

“The government’s activities do not resemble democratic character. It is true that prime minister becomes the most powerful in a parliamentary system, but the way Prime Minister Oli is assigning sweeping powers to his office, is totally wrong,” he said.

“He is a big mistake of the prime minister to bring the National Investigation Department under the purview of the Office of Prime Minister,” he added.

The government, in the first week of March, had brought the major departments– National Investigation Department, the Department of Revenue Investigation and the Department of Money Laundering Investigation, which were under various ministries earlier, under the PMO.

“Prime Minister Oli’s moves are pointing toward efforts of bring communism in the country,” he furthered.