Kathmandu, April 1
Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal, which was supposed to hold its General Convention before May 3, will do so only in October.
A member of the RJP-N presidium told The Himalayan Times that as per the rules, the party was supposed to hold its GC before May 3 but since there was very little time for preparation, the party was likely to extend the deadline by six months.
The RJP-N leader said that the Political Committee of the party could decide to hold the GC in October.
As per legal provisions, the new party is supposed to hold its GC within one year, which can be extended by six months.
The leader said that the party’s new GC would draft its new statute and elect new office bearers. At present there are six members in the RJP-N presidium — Rajendra Mahato, Mahantha Thakur, Mahendra Ray Yadav, Sharat Singh Bhandari, Anil Kumar Jha and Rajkishor Yadav.
Six Madhesi parties — Sadbhawana Party, Tarai Madhes Democratic Party, Tarai Madhes Sadbhawana Party, National Madhes Socialist Party, Nepal Sadbhawana Party and Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Republican — merged to form the RJP-N in April 2017.
The member of the RJP-N said that the GC would rejuvenate the party in a new way. A new statute to be adopted by the GC would incorporate provisions relating to distribution of ordinary and active membership of the party and create various layers of the party’s structure from the local to the central levels.
RJP-N leader Laxman Lal Karna said the party was expected to elect its Parliamentary Party leader on April 14.
“We need to elect our PP leader soon either on the basis of consensus or election,” he added. Karna said the democratic process would be followed to elect the PP leader if there were more than one candidate for the post.
A version of this article appears in print on April 02, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.