Deuba urged to let Paudel become PP leader

KATHMANDU: Two central leaders of Nepali Congress on Thursday met the party President Sher Bahadur Deuba and sought his support in electing the party's senior leader Ram Chandra Paudel the parliamentary party leader.

Leaders Prakash Man Singh and Ram Sharan Mahat had gone to Deuba's residence in Budhanilakantha and asked him to let Paudel lead the parliamentary party.

They argued that it could be easier to forward the party activities on the basis of consensus if Paudel became the PP leader.

After the first meeting of the party's Central Working Committee after its election earlier this month formed a three-member panel to hold election of the parliamentary party, party leaders have expedited discussions over the issue.

It has been reported that both Deuba and Paudel are keen to lead the parliamentary party.

On Wednesday, Paudel himself had invited Deuba to his house and asked to give him the top position at the parliamentary party on the basis of  “one man one post” system in the party.

Deuba's aide Bhanu Deuba said the former Prime Minister told Singh and Mahat that he would take an appropriate decision in consultation with other leaders.

A member of the PP election committee Surendra Pandey said the date for the poll would be announced this week.

Deuba had defeated Paudel on March 7 to lead the largest political party of the House for next four years.

(With inputs from the Rastriya Samachar Samiti)