NC wraps up active membership issue

Kathmandu, January 12

Nepali Congress said it had wrapped up the dispute over issuing active membership to party workers in connection with the upcoming 13th National General Convention, despite objection from senior leader Sher Bahadur Deuba’s faction.

The issue was wrapped up at a meeting of office bearers’ meeting held yesterday, said a statement issued today by the party’s Chief Secretary Rishikesh Tiwari.

“Altogether, the NC has decided to provide 470,564 party workers active membership.

Their name list will be published on the party’s website after two to three days,” said Tiwari.

A meeting of the party’s office bearers held at the party President Sushil Koirala’s residence in Maharajgunj yesterday settled the dispute of four districts  Kailali, Rauthat-4, Solukhumbu and Dolpa.

NC will give recognition to only active members of the 12th NGC and will not provide active membership to the proposed new members of Kailali, Rautahat-4 and Solukhumbu districts, while the party will provide active membership to 100 new members in Dolpa, according to Tiwari.

The new proposed active members of Kailali, Rautahat-4 and Solukhumbu districts will become active members only after the 13th NGC, according to him.

The party will continue the scheduled programmes of the NGC on the basis of the list of active members finalised yesterday, according to Tiwari.

Treasurer Chitralekha Yadav, who belongs to Deuba faction, however, refused to sign the decision. “As the decision has come with bad intention, we disagree,” she said.

Chitralekha Yadav, the NC treasurer was not present at the meeting and she had refused to sign on the minutes when it was taken to her, according to Gyanendra Karki.

Following the decision, disgruntled groups of the party belonging to the Koirala-led faction who were on hunger strike at the party headquarters in Sanepa, ended the strike yesterday, while three other groups of Rautahat, Kailali and Solukhumbu who belong to the Deuba faction have continued the strike at party headquarters in Sanepa.

Meanwhile, the Deuba faction’s district-level leaders including President of Solukhumbu Ang Gelu Sherpa, President of Rautahat Krishna Prasad Yadav and President of Kailali Nara Narayan Sah today criticised Koirala for preventing the new active members from participating in the 13th NGC as a conspiracy to rig the convention.

They demanded that the party leadership correct the decision.