Sushil barred from entering NC HQ

KATHMANDU: Dissident district leaders and cadres of the Nepali Congress today barred acting president Sushil Koirala from entering the party headquarters for one-and-a-half hours.

They even verbally abused and accused him of stating that the party had not made a just decision on its unification row in Okhaldhunga and Sankhuwasabha districts.

Koirala reached the party office gate in Sanepa at 11:30 today to take part in the Central Committee (CC) meeting.

He finally entered the office premises at around 1 pm after facing a bombardment of voices of dissatisfaction from the enraged activists outside the gate.

The acting president had struggled to convince the dissidents outside the gate. He was later allowed to enter after promising to them that the issue would be taken up at the CC meeting.

Leaders Arjun Narsingh KC and Purna Bahadur Khadka also gave their words to the cadres.

Janak Thapa of Sankhuwasabha and Prem Raj Rai of Okhaldhunga had led the teams. A committee headed by party vice president Prakash Man Singh, formed to settle disputes surfaced after the unification of the NC and the then NC-Democratic, recently decided to remove Thapa and Rai from the posts of district head of the party and appointed new ones.

A team of enraged Nepal Tarun Dal, the party's youth outfit, activists also pressed the party leaders to revoke the decision to remove Jiwan Dangol from the post of chairperson of its Kathmandu committee.

They organised a sit-in at the premises of the party’s central office throughout the day to press the leadership to reinstate the outfit’s chairperson.

Meanwhile, a team of the youth wing activists submitted a memorandum at the party office demanding setting up of a youth front to tackle the excesses meted out by Maoist cadres, according to Rishikesh Jung Shah, vice president, Nepal Students' Union.

The CC could not fix the new date of its 12th General Convention. The GC has now been uncertain with the CC's inability to take a decision.

The convention was supposed to be convened in March after postponement. The party fixed the date three times in one-and-a-half years but failed to hold the event.

The party has already announced its inability to hold the GC from March 10 to 14 due to the lack of preparation.

Office bearers including vice president Ram Chandra Paudel are for holding the event in June while most CC members, including Khum Bahadur Khadka, Purna Bahadur Khadka and Binaya Dhoj Chand, have stood for holding the GC before May 28. Spokesperson KC said the party could take a decision tomorrow.