Nepali Congress preparing to execute amended statute

Kathmandu, January 6

Nepali Congress has called its first central working committee meeting after the Maha Samiti gathering to discuss implementation of the amended statute.

The NC has amended its statute, restructuring the party’s organisation in line with the country’s new federal setup, local level restructuring and electoral constituency delineation. Presently, the NC’s organisational structure is based on the old unitary and centralised system of governance.

While some of the provisions such as election of central committee members and central office bearers can be implemented only after the party’s general convention, the amended statute has provisioned setting up interim committees through conventions in provinces, local levels whose boundaries have been changed and new electoral constituencies within six months.

So these are the issues that will mostly figure in the CWC meeting slated for Thursday, according to NC CWC member Guru Ghimire. Moreover, the recently-held Maha Smaiti saw a number of suggestions and recommendations from members on the statute, political, internal financial and macro-economic documents. So the party also needs to streamline these recommendations before sending these documents to print.

Ghimire said although the statute might not witness major changes since the Maha Samiti endorsed the one tabled by the CWC without change, there was need to revise other documents accommodating the recommendations made by Maha Samiti members. “So the upcoming CWC meeting will discuss what issues are to be included inthe final documents,” said Ghimire.

Another issue that might witness heated discussion is expanding membership, streamlining active membership and renewal, and assigning roles to sister organisations, among others.

Since the party will be busy managing all these internal issues for the next one-and-a-half years and the general elections slated after four years, there’s also need to instil dynamism in the party by organising massive membership drive and assigning time-bound roles to sister organisations, according to Ghimire. “Although it’s already late, we cannot afford to delay these things further.”

Youth leaders such as Ghimire, however, express doubt over the leadership’s willingness to bury the hatchet, forget individual interests and move ahead united to strengthen the party.

One of the youth leaders said the upcoming CWC would also witness some tussle between first and third generation leaders. “There’s some sort of animosity between third generation leaders and first generation leaders, while the first and second seem to have some sort of understanding since their interests are common,” the leader said. “As far as we are concerned, leaders clinging to leadership for the past five decades do not understand our psychology, while we understand their psychology but can’t work like that.”

The upcoming CWC will also discuss contemporary politics and activities of the government. It is expected to come up with strong views on the government’s failure to effectively deliver services to the people, according to the youth leader.