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NC cautiously assured of elections by Nov

  

PRAKASH ACHARYA

KATHMANDU: Nepali Congress Vice-president Ramchandra Paudel today tabled a 10-page political proposal at today’s Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting at party headquarters in Sanepa. The proposal will be send to the party’s Mahasamiti meeting scheduled from April 8 to 11 in Nawalparasi.

Mahasamiti is the second largest body of the party after its national general convention.

According to the document, which the THT has possessed, the party was “cautiously assured on the new government would hold the Constituent Assembly polls either within June 21 or mid-November” as suggested by the four-party agreement. The document would be taken to the Mahasamiti meeting after it gets approved in tomorrow’s CWC meeting.

Paudel, in the document, said that the party was compelled to agree on chief justice-led government to dislodge the Unified CPN-Maoist from power and bring the derailed constitutional and democratic process back to the tracks. UCPN-M’s betrayal to accept the NC President Sushil Koirala as the prime minister and compelling situation in the country to accept the Maoists’ proposal created the obsession, the document reads.

With the formation of new government, an appropriate atmosphere has been created to mobilise the security bodies in the fresh CA polls in an appropriate manner, Paudel said in the document. Although, he has hinted that the Congress would be ready to create a democratic alliance with some like-minded parties including the CPN-UML in the polls, Paudel has not elaborated on the issue in the proposal.

On the party’s future policy issues, he said, the party should stand with firm commitment on some key issues like ‘corruption control, assurance of sustainable peace and security, investment-friendly atmosphere, end of impunity, independent and fair administration and human development and social security’, which could lead the democratic movement strongly. Paudel has proposed some ideas to address the concerns of Madhesi, women, Dalit and other marginalised communities in the document.

However, some CWC members are not satisfied with the document as they said it lacked the party’s major challenges and the party’s policy to address them. “Neither the proposal address the poll related issues, foreign policy and nationalism issues nor has it any vision to take a lead on the national agendas,” said CWC member Purna Bahadur Khadka.


Difference of opinion


KATHMANDU: Nepali Congress’ CWC meeting on Wednesday witnessed

a verbal spat between party President Sushil Koirala and Central Working Committee member Arjun Narsingh KC. CWC member Purna Bahadur Khadka, representing the 22 disgruntled members who are demanding to make their four demands including Khil Raj Regmi’s resignation from the position of chief justice the party’s formal agenda put forth the demands. He challenged that the dissident members would take the separate proposal at the Mahasamiti meeting if their concerns were not addressed in the political document. Koirala urged the dissident members

for not to amplify the issue unnecessarily. He also challenged them to defeat their demands through voting at the CWC. Then, KC urged the party president not to threat the

party members. Koirala, in response, expressed his anger at KC saying rather they (the dissident members) are threatening him unnecessarily. CWC member Ram Sharan Mahat suggested that the issue could be discussed along with the political proposal on April 8.

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