Nepali Congress convention by February 2021: Party to take decisive measures

KATHMANDU: Main opposition Nepali Congress Party (NC) has agreed to hold its 14th general convention by February of 2021. NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba and senior leader Ram Chandra Poudel had disagreements earlier on. Leaders from the NC took charge of resolving the dispute, and they came to a midnight agreement of holding the convention by February 2021.

Former Minister and senior leader Bimalendra Nidhi who also serves as Vice-President of NC and former Deputy Prime Minister and member of the central working committee (CWC) Prakash Man Singh were the deal-breakers. Several rounds of discussions had taken place before they arrived at a particular conclusion which happened at the former DPM’s residence in Thamel. This was informed by NC leader Dilendra Prasad Badu.

NC President Deuba who was not ready to release the schedule of the convention earlier had disappointed senior leader Poudel who avoided meetings on 5 separate occasions. Poudel wanted the conventions to be held on time while according to the constitution of the party, the President can extend it for a year citing reasons which in this case were formalizing internal structures.

President Deuba’s 4-year term ends in February 2020. There are still disputes in the administration term for its student wings. NC plans to increase its internal units and restructure its party’s administration in line with the new federal structure of the country. Disputes still prevail but the party is hopeful of resolving these issues in the next meeting of the CWC.