The Mahasamiti meet from April 8-11 mandated the party to give a complete shape to its central departments and organizations from districts to the local level. On the strength of such authority, NC President Sushil Koirala has started homework to make appointments in the internal organizations, while senior leader Sher Bahadur Deuba protested the move saying Koirala is acting unilaterally.
The main dispute lies in the nomination in the party’s parliamentary board, a body responsible for selecting candidates in national and local elections. A few days ago, Koirala demanded a list of names from the faction led by senior NC leader Sher Bahadur Deuba for the appointments in the board and departments. But Deuba refused to provide recommendations citing lack of formal discussion on the appointments.
“Sushilji has not held any serious discussion with Deuba about the appointment. He demanded the names of leaders through on the phone without a principle agreement on it,” media reports quoted NC leader Ramesh Rijal, who is close to Deuba as saying.
According to leaders, Koirala has warned Deuba that he will finalise the names on his own. The NC’s statute has it that the 15-member parliamentary board should be formed within the two months of the completion of party’s General Convention.
As the major parties are planning to hold CA elections in November this year, the NC seems to be in urgency to form the parliamentary board as it is responsible to select candidates across the country. With the number of Central Working Committee (CWC) members willing on board going up, both Koriala and Deuba are finding it difficult to select the names from thier factions, leading to a delay in forming the board.
While leaders from the Koirala faction say it is a privilege of the party president to make appointments, the Deuba faction claim that the NC chief is trying to maintain a monopoly in the party.
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