NC faces row over active membership renewal

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, January 17:

Nepali Congress is facing internal row amid allegations of gross anomaly coming from a section of the party regarding the renewal of party active membership even as the panel formed by the party to sort out the problems claimed it has nearly finished its job.

As the general convention is approaching, a section of the party, which is opposed to party general secretary Sushil Koirala, accused the panel of lacking transparecy in its entire process.

Senior leader Ram Chandra Paudel said the anomalies have been taking place despite repeated plea to party president Girija Prasad Koirala.

The anomalies include not publicising the list of party workers whose active membership has been renewed, thus ruling out element of transparency in the entire exercise something which is against the democratic practices.

“We have been reinforcing the need to ensure transparency. But nothing seems to be turning right,” Paudel said in a resigned tone.

So much so, the leadership could be thinking of going to the general convention even without publicising the names of active members and that of the representatives of the party who go around the districts to conduct grassroot elections to pick up delegates for the general convention.

“The party could go to the general convention without meeting the formalities,” a source said attributing the same to fear pychosis in general secretary Koirala’s camp. Narahari Acharya, another central member, also lamented the entire exercise.

“Even if they really end up the controversy regarding the outcome of the entire exercise, what is for sure that the general convention would not be a controversial one?” Acharya asked.

As initially announced the panel ought to have finalised the list of active members on or before January 13. However, the task is still undone although claims are in place that the team has finished its job.