By Our Reporter
It has been almost three years and four months since the leadership of the Nepali Congress, the grand democratic party of Nepal, went beyond the grip of Koirala family.
The party formed, nurtured and led by Koiralas right from its formation in 2004 BS to till the death of Sushil Koirala on February 9, is now under the control of Sher Bahadur Deuba, an arch rival of the Koirala family.
However, the party suffered the most when Deuba took its leadership due to his controversial moves, mostly guided by his power centric motifs. He forged alliance with the Maoist to oust the KP Oli-led government in 2016, which turned suicidal for NC. When the game plan of Deuba to back Pushpa Kamal Dahal to become the new Prime Minister at the instruction of India eroded the popularity of NC in the mass, as he took the decision when anti-India sentiment was at its highest point among the Nepali due to 2015 blockade. He further damaged the party image in the IGP and Sushila Karki cases. He continued to inflict the people and NC cadres by throwing his strength for Renu Dahal, daughter of Prachanda in Bharatpur and promoting his spouse Arzoo Rana in the party.
The people ultimately punished the party and it became a tiny opposition in the powerful Federal parliament and in all seven state assemblies. Despite suffering a humiliating defeat in elections, he did not quit the leadership, instead tried to consolidate his position.
However, of late, Koirala family has stood together with a clear aim of throwing Deuba out of leadership. And, probably Dr Shekhar Koirala will challenge Deuba in the support of Ram Chandra Paudel and Krishna Prasad Sitaula factions.
Dr Koirala, Shashank Koirala and Sujata Koirala had already sent a message of unity among them.
Now the Koiralas and the two rival factions led by Paudel and Sitaula are exerting pressure on Deuba to hold the 14th general convention in March next year, Deuba has been trying his best to extend his tenure by one year. He is trying to push the convention date to 2021 fearing that he might lose the grip in the party.
When the honest and dedicated leaders and cadres of the party are unhappy with the way Deuba led the party, alliance is likely in the anti-Deuba camp, and if Koiralas, Paudel and Sitaula stand together, Deuba is sure to be thrown out of party leadership in the next convention.