Kathmandu, May 8
Two factions of the Nepali Congress-aligned Nepal Students Union are organising two separate training programmes at the same place and same time tomorrow.
The programmes to impart training on the party’s policy and programmes are being held at BP Koirala Memorial Museum in Sundarijal.
The interesting part is the distance between the two stages set up for the events is just ‘20 metres’, and the organisers claim that Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba will attend one event while senior leader Ram Chandra Paudel will attend the other.
For a very long time, the disgruntled faction of the NSU led by its Vice-president Dilli Subedi is organising parallel events in protest of the union’s President Nain Singh Mahar’s ‘unilateral style of working’.
While Subedi is said to be close to NC leader Krishna Prasad Sitaula, Mahar is reportedly close to the NC’s establishment faction led by Deuba.
Mahar claimed that the programme organised by his faction was the authentic one and both the NC president and senior leader would join the event, while Subedi claimed that Paudel would join his faction’s event. Other party leaders too are scheduled to join the event.
When asked about the parallel event, Mahar said he did not know anything about such an event.
Paudel said they organised the event in protest of Mahar’s move to organise the event without internal consultations. According to Paudel, the NC CWC had directed the union not to conduct any programme until the internal dispute in the union is sorted out.
“Despite the direction, the union’s president organised the programme, that too without holding any consultation. So we are organising the programme just 20 meters away from their event venue,” he said.
The events will be attended by union members from across the country, where the members will be imparted training on the party’s policies and programmes.
A version of this article appears in print on May 09, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.