No consensus on statute

KATHMANDU: The Nepali Congress has yet to forge consensus on its draft statute amendment.

Party leaders, including Ramesh Lekhak, Minendra Rijal, Arjun Narsingh KC, Purna Bahadur Khadka and Bimalendra Nidhi, held a marathon meet on Sunday that lasted for around six hours at the party’s parliamentary party office in Singha Durbar, but could not reach a conclusion.

Some of the vexing issues in the statute are related to the preamble, number of Central Working Committee members, number of office bearers, election/nomination process of CWC members and office bearers, one-person-one-post provision and sister organisations.

Although leaders have reached ‘agreement of sorts’ on some issues, the number of office bearers and their election process still remain contentious, according to KC.

While the establishment faction is for nominating 50 per cent of the office bearers and electing the rest, the rival factions want all office bearers to be elected. The party has postponed its CWC meet slated for Sunday evening to Monday morning to discuss the issue.

NC Spokesperson Bishwa Prakash Sharma said consensus would be forged by the time the Maha Samiti meet ended.