Shekhar Koirala sees need of holding NC general convention soon

BIRATNAGAR: Nepali Congress (NC) central member Shekhar Koirala has insisted on the need of holding the party's 14th general convention as soon as possible.

Talking to mediapersons at his residence in Biratnagar today, the Congress leader said it was time for endorsing the party statute through the Mahasamiti meeting and thus making preparations for the general convention.

He accused party President Sher Bahadur Deuba of not following the culture of consensus and not abiding by party statute, expressing his concern over lack of unity within the party.

According to the leader of main opposition, time had not yet come to protest against the government. As he claimed, impunity had increased in the country.

"The world has no record of the Prime Minister of a federal country addressing province parliament," he said, accusing Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli of demonstrating an undemocratic character through his addresses to the province parliaments.

Giving his views about the budget unveiled by the government for upcoming fiscal year, he said allocation of only nine percent of the total budget to provinces would obviously affect development of provinces.

In his response to a journalist's query, he warned of the possibility of totalitarianism being born in the country if it switched to an executive presidential system.