Kathmandu, July 9 :
Leaders of the Nepali Congress-Democratic today called upon the Nepali Congress to take initiatives to re-unite the two parties.
They said they prefer conscientious merger of the two parties rather than completely dissolving one into another. â€œWe want due position after the merger of the parties,â€ said leader Bal Bahadur KC.
He blamed the earlier NC leadership of steering and driving the party on their own will, which subsequently led to the division.
â€œWhat followed the division was a misfortune for the entire country. We lost democracy, human rights situation deteriorated, the Press was gagged, the house dissolved and ultimately we had to fight for democracy one more time.â€
KC also claimed that the constituent assembly would not be possible without unification of the parties. He said, â€œOne call by Nepali Congress president Girija Prasad Koirala might prevent a disaster.â€
Another leader Dhundiraj Shastri said, â€œIt is easier said than done. Party unification is desirable but dissolution of ND-D into NC is unacceptable.â€
Dr Bhupati Dhakal, president of the Nepal University Teachers Association, said the leaders should stop wrangling for positions.
â€œIt will be wise for us to keep our difference aside and decide on the issue of party unification before the constituent assembly elections without further delay,â€ Dr Narayan Khadka said. Citing a report on potential alliance between leftist forces, he appealed to the democratic forces to come together to fight any extreme force. â€œWe donâ€™t have to hesitate to accept the fact that our party will ultimately dissolve into the NC. We want Girija Prasad Koirala to call publicly for party unification at the earliest,â€ he said.