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Hinduism becomes major issue in NC Mahasamitee

By Our Reporter
Majority of the 1600 Mahasamitee representatives of the Nepali Congress have expressed their views in favour of Hindu state and demanded that Nepal should be made a Hindu state by amending the constitution.
Although the leadership denied to include Hinduism in the political proposal of the party, 70 per cent participants supported the demand while over 800 Mahasamitee members participated in a signature campaign which was submitted to party president Sher Bahadur Deuba.
With the entry of Hinduism in the Mahasamitee meeting, Hinduism is likely to be the major political slogan of the oldest party, which had always kept mum on the issue of religion, in the days to come. However, after the provision of secularism was inserted in the interim constitution of 2007 in a dramatic way without informing late Girija Prasad Koirala, religion has become an issue in NC, with senior leaders like Kul Bahadur Gurung and late Khum Bahadur Khadka standing in favour of Hinduism. Of late, general secretary Dr Shashank Koirala, Dr Shekhar Koirala and others have also been backing the issue of Hindu state. Subas Nembang and Pushpa Kamal Dahal had been accused of inserting the secularism in the influence of EU and other western organisation in the interim constitution by bypassing the NC leaders, including late Koirala under whose leadership the political movement had concluded. It irked the NC leaders, but they were unable to protest against the Nembang-Dahal conspiracy as the country then was in the domination of the Maoists.
The signature campaign during the Mahasamitee meeting was, however, launched by Shanker Bhandari.
Until the fourth day of the Mahaasamiti meeting on Tuesday, most of the speakers raised the agendas of the Hindu state, including unity in the party, proper plans and polices and strong opposition role in the parliament. They also criticised the party leadership for promoting factionalism and the government for its poor performance.
Outside the meeting venue, the leaders engaged in collecting signatures of the representatives for the revival of the Hindu state.
In the close session on Tuesday, Monday and Sunday, the speakers also advocated for the revival of Hindu state, criticising secularism.
“Around 70 percent speakers have supported the Hindu state agenda in the meeting,” Bhandari said.
However, the meeting was affected when the leadership failed to sort out the issues relating the number of office bearers and the election method.
While the faction led by Ram Chandra Poudel demanded an increase in the number of office bearers with a provision to elect all of them through direct elections, the faction led by party chief Deuba though agreed to increase eth number of office bearers, wanted to nominate four of the 11 office bearers.
Due to the division, the central committee meeting scheduled for Monday failed to convene.

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