NC district cadres fret about partys future, peace

BIRATNAGAR: Nepali Congress cadres across the country, who are mourning the death of their President and the hero of the peace process Girija Prasad Koirala, are concerned about the future of the party and the ongoing peace process. Shivanarayan Singh, NC secretary, Morang, said there will certainly surface problems in the peace process following Koirala’s death. He said all political parties should forge a consensus to fulfil Koirala’s dream of lasting peace and a new constitution.

Acting NC president of Sarlahi, Bhakhari Mansuri, also expressed doubts on the peace process. He said the party should move ahead with a joint leadership.

Outgoing NC president of Parsa Rajendra Bahadur Amatya said new challenges have been added for the political parties in taking the peace process to a logical conclusion, institutionalising democracy and drafting a new constitution within the stipulated time.

Ramkrishna Ghimire, NC President, Chitwan, said Koirala’s death has left the party in a difficult state. “Problems will surface while taking the peace process ahead,’’ he said.

Dadeldhura NC president Raghubar Bhatta said Sher Bahadur Deuba should lead the NC now.

Chinkaji Shrestha, NC president, Gorkha, said the party will face challenges as there isn’t any leader of Koirala’s worth.

Salik Panthi, NC vice-president, Gulmi, said a leader elected by the upcoming party convention should lead the party. He added that the NC should take the peace process to a logical conclusion by forging a consensus.

NC leader of Makawanpur Rajiv Subedi said the party should move ahead with a common leadership.

NC convention representative of Nawalparasi Bishnu Lamichhane said all the political parties should move ahead in cooperation to end the present political impasse and that the NC should have a joint leadership.

Outgoing NC president of Lamjung Krishna Prasad Koirala echoed Lamichhane and said all parties should move ahead with a consensus as people are worried about the statute.

He also demanded holding the party’s 12th convention at the earliest to choose a new leadership.

NC leader of Kavre, Shankha Buddha Lama, NC Palpa president Rajan Prasad Panta and deputy secretary of Kaski NC Soviet Bahadur Adhikari said the party should have a joint leadership. NC president of Rupandehi Hari Bahadur Acharya and the leader of Shankhuwasava district said all the parties should unite for a national cause.

NC Taplegunj secretary Keshav Dahal said there might be “groupism” in the party, while NC Udaypur secretary Himal Karki pointed out the need of consensus among the parties.