The number of active members in the Nepali Congress stands at 852,711, according to the report prepared by the committee formed to investigate the active membership issue in the party. The committee submitted its report to the office-bearers and former office-bearers today, 12 days later than the stipulated deadline.

At a meeting held at the personal residence of NC President and Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba at Budhanilkantha, Ramesh Lekhak, the coordinator of the Committee, handed over the report.

Lekhak said 409,033 active members had renewed their membership while 443,678 general members got the active membership. Among the active members, 74.26 per cent were male, 22.62 per cent were female and 0.2 per cent others.

Active membership issue is to be sorted out in Sindhupalchowk, Rasuwa, Kavrepalanchowk, Dhanusha, Sarlahi and Kailali, said committee member Shyam Kumar Ghimire adding that details on active numbers arrived late from Bara and Saptari causing further delay in determining the actual number of active members of one of the oldest political parties in the country.

Now the central executive committee of the NC will decided on this matter. The central executive committee's meeting on February 18 this year had decided to update the number of the NC's active members and to enlist the active members in view of the party's upcoming 14th national convention.

The ward-level convention of the party was scheduled all over the wards in the country on July 27. However, the ward-level conventions have been postponed. The schedule of the upcoming national convention scheduled from September 1-4 this year is likely to be affected adversely due to delay in addressing the dispute regarding the number of active members in the party.

A version of this article appears in the print on July 30 2021, of The Himalayan Times.