Nepali Congress leader Prakash Sharan Mahat, who lost election vying for the post of party general secretary, said that there was a tendency among party leaders to project oneself at the party's centre stage and that was the reason behind his defeat in the recently held party's 14th general convention.

Talking to mediapersons here today, Mahat said that journalists should try to find out why he got fewer votes than other winning candidates from NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba's team.

Mahat had contested party election as a member of Deuba team.

Mahat hinted that he lost the election for NC General Secretary mainly because his team leaders did not seek vote for the entire team and rather they were concerned about their own victory.

He said he would remain active in politics with more vigour. "Some may say that I will vanish from political scene now after losing the election, but I want to tell them that I am committed to the political ideals that I have pursued so far and I will continue to do so," Mahat said.

He said he would try to establish party's ideology and not his own position. He said he would accept party President Deuba's decision to nominate leaders in the Central Working Committee.

The 14th National Convention of the NC elected Deuba as the party president for the second time. Purna Bahadur Khadka, who contested election for the post of vice-president also won the election but some other candidates from his faction lost the election. Bijay Kumar Gachhadar, who also contested for vice-president from Deuba's team also lost the election.

A version of this article appears in the print on December 25, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.