Congress catching fire with factions fighting head on again

N24 Correspondent, KATHMANDU: Twenty-eight student leaders close Sher Bahadur Deuba on Friday tendered their resignation from the membership of the Nepal Student Union (NSU) general convention preparatory committee.

This has put the party on boil yet again.

They decided to quit saying it was formed unilaterally and was in breach of the union’s statute. The student leaders have claimed that there was serious factional bias while picking members.

A rally of around 500 NSU cadres including the union’s former office bearers from the Deuba camp reached party president Sushil Koirala’s residence in Maharajgunj before announcing their resignation.

Over 52 former NSU office bearers also submitted a letter of dissent to Koirala. “The committee was formed without our consent just to serve the interests of the establishment faction,” said former NSU Vice-president and member of the preparatory committee, Hrishikesh Jung Shah.

He said that his team urged Koirala to dissolve the committee and form a new one with proportional representation from both factions. Koirala assured the disgruntled leaders that he woould address their demands after holding discussions with party leaders.

The NC had on Sunday formed a 101-member committee, including 28 members from the Deuba camp and a three-member election committee for holding the general convention of its student wing.

The preparatory committee was based on the majority decision of the three-member team including NC General Secretary Prakash Man Singh and Central Committee members Bal Bahadur KC and Surendra Pandey.

The panel was formed to take a call on the NSU controversy. Pandey, who is close to Deuba, opposed the decision, arguing that it did not have proportional representation and that it was formed against the spirit of the agreement forged while reuniting the party. He also submitted his resignation to the party’s chief secretary.

The student leaders, loyal to Deuba, have also threatened to form a parallel committee if the establishment faction shows reluctance in addressing their demands. However, NSU Coordinator Ranjeet Karna said the problem would be resolved within a few days.

Earlier, a 110-member election preparation committee headed by former NSU President Pradeep Poudel was dissolved to form a smaller one comprising members from both factions.


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