Supporters of Oli and Nepal factions join forces for YAN president
Chandra Kant Khanal, BUTWAL: As top leaders of CPN-UML divided into different factions, the result could be seen in the ongoing general convention of Youth wing of the party Youth Association of Nepal (YAN) as well.
Two leaders, who are believed to be close with senior leaders KP Sharma Oli and Madhav Kumarr Nepal, joined hand to secure top position of the Association in the ongoing general convention that started in Western town of Butwal on Friday.
Nepal supported candidate Jhapat Rawal has agreed to support Mahesh Basnet for second term as president after being promised leadership transfer to him halfway through the three-year term, it is learnt. Earlier, Rawal, who was vice president in the erstwhile central committee, had announced that he would file contest for the president. It is learnt that both the sides agreed to share portfolio in the central committee.
Basnet will be challenged by Niraj Acharya, who is supported by Jhala Nath Khanal faction, in the voting likely to take place on Sunday. Erstwhile vice presidents Hira K.C and Dilu Pant have backed Acharya. The general convention organizing panel decided to go for voting after the efforts of some central UML leaders to pick the office-bearers through consensus failed.
Senior leaders Nepal and Oli have been grouping against Party Chairperson Khanal since he got elected for the top post of the party from the general convention. Khanal has been facing pressure in the party as Nepal and Oli faction has majority in the central committee of the party. The youth wing is considered as the major force of the party, so leaders of CPN-UML are campaigning to elect their favorite candidate in the top post of the Association. Khanal is criticized for supporting Maoist in different agendas.