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Nepali Congress dwells on political document

Arjun Bhandari

KATHMANDU: The Nepali Congress Central Working Committee today began deliberations on a political document to be presented in the 12th general convention slated for September 17-21.

A 21-member team, led by former prime minister and the party’s senior leader Sher Bahadur Deuba, prepared draft of the political report, which has outlined the party’s policy in the wake of changed political scenario in the country, particularly after the country ushered in federal republic and secularism in first meeting of the Constituent Assembly in 2008.

NC spokesperson Arjun Narsingh KC said the political document had analysed contemporary politics and its future impact, party’s future strategy

and course and has a proposal on socio-economic transformation, ways to strengthen party organisation and foreign relations. Once the document is

endorsed by the CWC, it will be presented in the general convention for approval.

On the party’s relations with others, KC, who is also preparing ground for contesting general secretary post, said they ‘will have competitive relations

with the Unified CPN-Maoist’. “We will engage the Maoists

for their transformation into a civilian party. But we will object to their authoritarian and violent politics,” he said.

As far as its relations with the CPN-UML are concerned, KC said the UML was a democratic party but its inconsistent policies vis-a-vis the democratic and authoritarian parties give rise to uncertainty. When asked to highlight the significance of the 12th general convention in term of the party’s policy, KC said the convention would be a continuation of the 11th general convention, which had remained indifferent on the monarchy and opted for federal republic, inclusive politics and social justice to uplift socio-economic status of the marginalised, minorities and backward regions.

“But the upcoming convention will be able to forge unity and discipline within the party; it will establish a collective leadership on institutional basis and advocate for social justice,” said KC. NC will hold its first general convention after the country was declared federal republic.

KC said the party’s political document has proposed to continue with the parliamentary democracy in the new constitution as well.

An NC CA member will contribute Rs 15,000, a CA member-cum-parliamentary chairman Rs 20,000, a CA member who is also the parliamentary chairman and party central committee member will contribute Rs 25,000 and the chief whip, whip, minister and state minister will donate Rs 30,000 for the convention. The NC PP meet also asked the government to provide effective relief assistance to the flood-affected people across the country.

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