Kathmandu, March 23
Nepali Congress leader Ramchandra Paudel today urged party President Sher Bahadur Deuba to implement the “one man one post” system in the party.
It means Paudel wants to have any other person as the parliamentary party leader as Deuba is already the party president.
Paudel told this when Deuba reached Paudel’s residence in Boharatar to discuss about the party’s internal unity.
In response, Deuba said that he would encompass all sides in the party and provide appropriate roles to all as far as possible, according to privy sources.
“You used to plead for one man one post during the term of Girija Prasad Koirala and Sushil Koirala by saying that the party could not function due to a single man holding both the key positions.
Now, it is your responsibility to implement the idea that other leaders have also been wanting since long in the party,” Paudel told Deuba, according to Paudel’s personal secretary Chiranjibi Adhikari.
Paudel, according to Adhikari, further said, “You became successful in the party and now it is your responsibility to make the party successful by encompassing all sides without any bias.”
Girija Prasad Koirala used to plead for ‘one man one post’ when Krishna Prasad Bhattarai was the party president and Deuba raised the same question when Girija Prasad Koirala and Sushil Koirala were the party presidents, but it was never implemented in the party.
Both leaders held about 45-minute one-on-one tea meeting and stated that they would hold further consultations with other leaders of the party about the party’s election for parliamentary party leader, who becomes the party’s prime ministerial candidate officially.
The PP leader election is set to be held before April 12.
They also held brief consultations on how to maintain balance in the party while nominating vice- president, general secretary and joint-general secretary, according to Adhikari. Deuba’s side could not be contacted with regards to the conversation.
Both Deuba and Paudel are preparing from their own sides to become the PP leader.
Deuba had defeated Paudel in the party president election held two weeks ago. The meeting was set after their telephonic talks about holding consultations on the party’s internal matters.
A version of this article appears in print on March 24, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.