Nepal | May 27, 2020

NC CWC to meet tomorrow

To discuss National Assembly election, review loss in polls

Roshan S Nepal
Share Now:

Kathmandu, January 16

The Nepali Congress Central Working Committee will meet on Thursday for the first time after the party’s crushing defeat in parliamentary and provincial elections.

Prime Minister and Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba today called the CWC meeting amid mounting pressure from party leaders to convene the CWC followed by Maha Samiti to introspect election defeat and chart a course for the party’s revival.

Some of the leaders are demanding special general meeting and change of party leadership, while others have said publicly that those above 70 years should not hold executive posts in the party, but play the role of guardians.

Younger leaders have attributed election defeat to the leadership’s failure to abide by the party’s statute in running the party.

Yesterday, senior NC leader Ramchandra Paudel had urged PM Deuba to start reforming the party by reconstituting its parliamentary board and central work execution committee which were ‘formed in violation of the party’s statute’.

However, NC Spokesperson Bishwa Prakash Sharma said Thursday’s discussions would focus more on the selection of candidates and possible alliance with other parties for the upcoming National Assembly election. “Let’s not take this as a one-day meeting. It will continue in the days to come to introspect the election defeat. But the priority is NA election,” he said.

NC leader Bal Krishna Khand, who is close to PM Deuba, added that Thursday’s meeting would be a short one and would dwell mostly on how the party should present itself in the upcoming NA election.

However, younger NC leaders, who have long been demanding CWC meet, said the discussions would not be limited just to NA election and that they would raise the issue of election loss.

“We are not going to stay mum on the issue,” said Pradip Paudel.

“Thursday’s meeting will see a situation where a group of leaders will blame the leadership and Deuba for the party’s defeat in elections, while others will try to defend him,” the NC leader said, adding that the leadership cannot run away from reviewing election defeat in the name of ‘national issue of NA election’.

A version of this article appears in print on January 17, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Armyworm severely affects maize production

Kathmandu, May 25 The American armyworm has severely affected maize farming across the country this year as compared to previous year, hitting farmers who have already had to bear the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic. According to Centre for Crop Development and Agro Bio-Diversity Conservatio Read More...

Budget expectations

The government is all set to announce the budget for next fiscal year on Thursday and people involved in different sectors have various expectations. Amid this, The Himalayan Times spoke to a few tourism entrepreneurs who were not satisfied with the government’s policies and programmes to learn ab Read More...

Over 10,000 Nepalis enter country from Jamunaha border point in four days

NEPALGUNJ: Over 10,000 Nepalis have entered the country from Jamunaha border point in Banke district amid nationwide lockdown imposed by the government to curb the spread of COVID-19. A large number of migrant workers returning from India have been gathering at the border point with the easing of Read More...

UN virus therapy trial pauses hydroxychloroquine testing

GENEVA: The World Health Organization said Monday that it will temporarily drop hydroxychloroquine — the anti-malarial drug US President Trump says he is taking — from its global study into experimental COVID-19 treatments, saying that its experts need to review all available evidence to date. Read More...

PMEP to be promoted as major source of employment next fiscal

Kathmandu, May 25 The government is preparing to promote the Prime Minister Employment Programme (PMEP) as the major source of employment for those who have lost or will lose their jobs due to the COVID-19 and for returnee migrant workers through the budget for the next fiscal year. The Minist Read More...

NRB directs BFIs to categorise banknotes based on quality

Kathmandu, May 25 Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) has directed banks and financial institutions (BFIs) to categorise banknotes based on their quality — new, clean and useless. Issuing a nine-point circular on Sunday, the central bank directed BFIs to categorise banknotes accordingly and maintain the Read More...

Trump honours war dead in events coloured by pandemic's threat

BALTIMORE: President Donald Trump honoured America’s war dead Monday in back-to-back Memorial Day appearances coloured by an epic struggle off the battlefield, against the coronavirus. Eager to demonstrate national revival from the pandemic, Trump doubled up on his public schedule, while threa Read More...

Jimmy Cobb, 'Kind of Blue' drummer for Miles Davis, dies

Jimmy Cobb, a percussionist and the last surviving member of Miles Davis’ 1959 “Kind of Blue” groundbreaking jazz album which transformed the genre and sparked several careers, died Sunday. His wife, Eleana Tee Cobb, announced on Facebook that her husband died at his New York City home from Read More...