Kathmandu, August 19:

Acharya confirms candidacy for NC presidentship.

Nepali Congress central committee member Dr Ram Sharan Mahat today denied that the party is facing an ideological crisis. He said this while referring to the issues which could come up during the upcoming General Convention of the party which is scheduled through August 30-September 2 in the capital. “We have no ideological battle to fight. Of course what will be coming up during the General Convention is the organisational mess the party is in,” Dr Mahat said, shedding light on the need to have the office-bearers directly elected by the party delegate. Unlike Narahari Acharya, who has presented himself as the candidate for the top post of the party whipping up the agenda of adopting a tough stance against the constitutional monarchy, Dr Mahat said that the NC is still insisting on constitutional monarchy while fighting for the supremacy of the people. Dr Mahat, who did not see anything wrong in having incumbent President Girija Prasad Koirala for another term, also said that the party has suffered during the last four years “largely because of missing intra-party democracy.”

He said positive changes at the central level will be enough to make the party vibrant.

Meanwhile, NC central committee member Narahari Acharya, addressing an interaction, confirmed that he would fight for the post of party president. Asked what he would do if party president Girija Prasad Koirala also contested for the post he said: “I do not see any reason why Koirala would contest.” Acharya added: “In the past party’s internal affair hardly became public issue and the party leadership tried to keep the mass out of them, whereas these days, general people are also showing their concern.