HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The oldest and biggest political party of the country, the Nepali Congress, vertically split today with Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s supporters removing party president G P Koirala. Former Member of Parliament Hari Nepal tabled a no-confidence motion against Koirala at 6 pm, which was right away endorsed by the convention without any discussion. Minister of physical planning and works Chiranjibi Wagle then claimed the party president was overthrown by a simple majority of the “convention”. The gathering of the party convention representatives, on the second day, was transformed into a general convention on Monday. After the “expulsion,” minister Wagle, chairing the session, declared that the president’s post now lies vacant. He said: “Everything regarding the election of the new president will commence early in the morning and will be completed by afternoon.” Earlier, a session chaired by Prakash Man Singh unanimously endorsed a proposal to reform the party statute. The meet changed the party provision that required a two-thirds majority of the convention members to oust the president. Now a “simple majority” would do for that.