NC fails to pick PR candidates

Kathmandu, April 30:

Today’s meeting of the Nepali Congress’s parliamentary board could not finalise the names of candidates from its closed-list of candidates who would be sent to the Constituent Assembly under PR system even as marathon discussions were held on the issue since early morning.

“As the names could not be finalised today, we have decided to meet tomorrow morning to continue discussion on the names,” party vice-president Prakash Man Singh told this daily.

Eventually, NC’s Central Working Committee meeting was adjourned once again till Friday.

The NC will have to select 73 names from its closed list of 335 candidates under the PR system, approve the names by the CWC and submit them to the Election Commission by Friday.

The 11-member parliamentary panel led by party president Girija Prasad Koirala has shortlisted 73 candidates. On the first day of the meeting on Tuesday, the parliamentary panel had unanimously endorsed Koirala’s name for the constituent assembly.

One of the central leaders of the party said the meeting was protracted due to differences among the party executives over allocation of seats to their “loyal” supporters.

However, the parliamentary panel members denied the charges and added that efforts were on to induct experts like advocates and give chance to more youths in the constituent assembly besides ensuring inclusion of the marginalised groups even at the cost of sacrificing some old faces.