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Internal rivalry weakens main opposition party

By Our Reporter
New disputes have surfaced in the Nepali Congress after party president Sher Bahadur Deuba outright rejected the two main decisions taken by the party’s Mahasamiti meeting held in December last year.
The Mahasamiti meeting had decided to elect all party representatives to its general convention from grass root levels and give only once chance to those elected under the proportional category. But the Central Working Committee of the party held on Sunday endorsed the amended statute excluding these two decisions prompting the leaders from the panels led by Ram Chandra Poudel and Krishna Situala to register a note of dissent in the decision. Even the leaders loyal to Deuba registered note of dissent for not incorporating the issue of the Hindu state in the political documents.
Similarly, the leaders of the main opposition were divided over the provision of the age bar of 32 years for the leaders of its student wing—Nepal Student Union. The angry students of the two factions exchanged bricks at the central office of the party on Sunday injuring a number of students and even journalists.
Similarly, rivalry between party president Deuba and popular leader Dr Shekhar Koirala has reached a new height with Deuba threatening to take disciplinary action against Dr. Koirala.
Of course, the latest activities of NC president and leaders loyal to him showed how the oldest democratic party of the country lacks internal democracy. Obviously, the NC had faced the humiliating defeat in the elections due to the wrong and controversial decisions of party boss Deuba.
But instead of quitting the post on the moral ground, Deuba has been abusing his power, which has made the party further unpopular in the mass. But Deuba and his company looked least bothered about the erosion in the party in the last 15 months.
Deuba rejected to abide by the Mahasamiti meeting decision fearing that many leaders loyal to him will fail to be elected as general convention representatives.
When even Deuba-loyal leaders Shankar Bhandari, Pushpa Bhusal, Devendra Raj Kandel, Shila Khadka and others registered note of dissent on the political document, one can realise how Deuba had gone against the popular aspirations of the party workers.

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