Kathmandu, July 22
Nepal Student Union cadres today demanded that its mother party the Nepali Congress resolve all the disputes before holding the 11th national general convention of the party’s student wing.
They also warned of a hunger strike if the party fails to end disputes and conduct the convention in a democratic mannner.
Organising a press meet here today, Kundan Kafle, former treasurer of NSU, said the convention should not promote power-sharing between party factions. “We want internal democracy.
Awarding posts on the basis of power sharing would weaken democracy and the party. So we will not let this happen at any cost,” he said.
Kafle, who is also one of the candidates for NSU president, warned of a relay hunger strike in front of the NC party office at Sanepa from July 24 if the party failed to conduct the student wing’s convention in accordance with the existing laws.
Kafle said that although a committee had been formed to resolve the disputes, it has failed to meet even once.
Bal Dev Timilsina, former central member of NSU, said the party was trying to avoid general convention. “Instead of following rules and regulations, party leaders have selected candidates close to them as convention representatives,” he added.
Other NSU leaders, including Krishna Kumari Basnet, Yubaraj Panday, Ganesh Sapkota and others said there were two presidents in 11 districts and hence it was very difficult to hold the national convention in the present situation.
According to UP Lamichhane, NSU national convention will be held from August 7 at Bhrikutimandap. The NSU convention has not been held since 2007.
Earlier, the Nepali Congress’s first meeting on March 18 after Sher Bahadur Deuba took charge of the party had directed all its sister wings to hold their general conventions within six months.
But none of the party wings have held their conventions so far.
A version of this article appears in print on July 23, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.