N24, KATHMANDU: Demanding internal democracy in the Nepali Congress (NC), a dissident faction of the Nepal Students’ Union (NSU), NC’s student wing, organized a lantern-rally in the capital on Friday.
The lantern-rally kicked off from the Padma Kanya Campus and converged into a corner meeting at Ratnapark. Addressing the corner meeting, leaders of the NSU, close to NC leader Sher Bahadur Deuba, came heavily down on the party establishment for nominating a jumbo ad hoc committee of the NSU unilaterally. The leaders of the NSU close to Deuba camp also accused the party establishment of announcing the ad hoc committee sans taking the Deuba camp into confidence and also demanded the immediate scrap of the ad-hoc committee.
“We will run a parallel committee inside the NSU if our demands are not heard and addressed,” warned Rishikesh Jung Shah, a dissident NSU leader.
Talking to TNP Janak Bhatta, another leader of the NSU said, “The party leadership can’t ignore the NSU nomination row. If the issue is not addressed immediately, it is sure to invite untoward incident.” Bhatta informed TNP that the rally was organized symbolically on the day of Janaandolan in a bid to pile pressure on party leadership for internal democracy.
NSU row has been ensued after the party announced a 101-member ad-hoc committee of the NSU to convene the general convention within 6 months. Eventually, 29 members of the committee who are supposedly close to Deuba camp resigned en masse from the committee accusing the party establishment of undermining their roles in the party.
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