Discontent over Koirala's candidacy, Nepali Congress Joint General Secy Khadka resigns

KATHMANDU: Expressing dissatisfaction over the top three leaders'  decision to field party President Sushil Koirala in the prime ministerial election, Nepali Congress leader Purna Bahadur Khadka announced his resignation from the post of Joint General Secretary of the party.

Khadka had been stressing on the unity among three major parties for the formation of new government and implementation of the recently promulgated Constitution and was of the opinion that the party should lend support to CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli in the prime ministerial election.

Khadka said he was giving up the post on the "ground of morality" as the party president Koirala was vying for the prime ministerial berth disrespecting the essence of unity among the major parties in the wake of promulgation of new Constitution and breaching an agreement among the top leaders of Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and UCPN-Maoist.

According to Khadka, Koirala's candidacy was not on a par with the Central Working Committee's spirit, which had told the leadership to maintain the unity among the major parties.

"This decision on candidacy shatters the unity among Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and UCPN-Maoist, and this is against the will of party cadres and general people," he said.

Khadka announced his resignation at the meeting of office-bearers, saying the very decision would inflict harm to the Nepali Congress, democracy and current political situation.

Party President Sushil Koirala and other leaders did not react to his announcement, according to Khadka.

Khadka pointed out the need for three-party unity for the implementation of Constitution, formulation of new laws and resolution of various issues regarding Madhes and Tharuhat through amendment of the new charter, which calls for two-thirds majority.

With two allies, Koirala and Oli, till the promulgation of Constitution locking their horns with each other, the Parliament is scheduled to hold election tomorrow.


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