Agitating NSU leaders seek convention

Kathmandu, July 30:

Demanding a nationwide convention of their organisation, some leaders of the Nepal Students’ Union have been staging a sit-in at the NSU central office since Monday.

The agitators are associated with the erstwhile Nepali Congress (Deuba)-affiliated Nepal Students’ Union.

“We have been demanding the central committee of the students’ body to call a meeting so as to set the date for the national convention,” said NSU vice-president Nain Singh Mahar, one of the leaders taking part in the protests.

Mahar said the agitating leaders of the NSU would begin a relay hunger strike from Friday if their demands went unheard.

He said there were separate district committees of two NSU factions in most of the districts and it had invited confrontations among students. “NSU president Pradip Poudel has postponed the central committee meeting claiming that the party has directed him to do so,” he said.

While central committee member and press coordinator Ram Prasad Adhikary said the NSU wanted to go for the national convention, but in a democratic manner. “Party has provided a directive to the NSU but it is not clear,” he said.