By Our Reporter
The meeting of the Central Working Committee of the Nepali Congress was postponed citing the devastating floods across the country.
The party said as its leaders, lawmakers and cadres had to engage in the rescue and relief distribution tasks, the meeting had been postponed.
The meeting had convened to discuss 14 agendas, including the date of the party’s 14th general convention as the term of the present CWC ends in March next year. However, no discussion held on the issue of the party’s 14th general convention.
Senior leader Ram Chandra Paudel, leader Krishna Prasad Sitaula and Dr Shasank Koirala have been demanding for the timely convention of the party. However, party president Sher Bahadur Deuba and leaders loyal to him want to extend the term by at least one year.
Media reports have it that Deuba and his coterie have prepared to float a proposal to extend the term of the present leadership in the meeting. If Deuba, who is accused of spoiling the image of the party in the masses, and his coterie succeeded in their mission, it will be another big setback for the oldest democratic party of Nepal.
NC president Deuba is said to have abused power and his greed for power caused a big damages to the party. He and his wife Arzoo Rana are held responsible for the pary’s humiliating defeat in the 2017 general elections, in which the then ruling NC turned into a tiny opposition party. However, Deuba did not step down despite the defeat although in 2008 Constituent Assembly elections, the then General Secretary of the CPN-UML had resigned on moral ground after the UML suffered similar defeat.
The NC statute has a provision according to which the party’s leadership will have a four-year tenure which can be extended by one year under special circumstances. Leaders close to Deuba said the party needed to form interim mechanisms to start the process of the 14th General Convention and hence it would be impossible to hold the next GC within the stipulated time.
As Deuba has become unpopular in the mass, he fear that he will lose the elections in the party if the convention is organized in March next year.
But the decision to extend the term of Deuba will be suicidal for the NC because cadres and voters want an early ousting of Deuba. Almost 67 per cent chairs of the district committees of the party had asked the leadership to hold the convention by March 2020.
If the general convention date is deferred as planned by the establishment, the division in the party is likely to widen further.