NC convention after statute in place

KATHMANDU: Despite mounting pressure from leaders to hold party’s 12th General Convention before the May-28 deadline for writing the new constitution, a meeting of the Nepali Congress (NC) office bearers today decided to postpone the GC beyond the statute deadline.

The meeting held at party headquarters in Sanepa decided to hold the convention from June 10 to 14 in Kathmandu, sources said. “The Central Committee meeting to be held tomorrow will finalise the date officially,” added the source.

In the past one and half year, the NC postponed the GC for four times. Lately, the party had scheduled the convention for March 10 to 14, 2010. The party, however, should have convened the convention one and half years ago as per its party statute. The statute allows the CC to extend the time by two years though.

At today’s meeting, three senior leaders - NC acting president Sushil Koirala, NC vice president Ram Chandra Paudel and NC general secretary Bimalendra Nidhi - proposed different dates for the GC. Koirala and Paudel had proposed to convene the GC’s after the May-28 deadline. While Nidhi proposed that it should be held before the statute deadline.

The NC’s ongoing CC meeting that started yesterday had directed the office bearers to come up with a detail work plan and schedule about the GC at tomorrow’s CC meeting. “Today’s meeting has brought forward two options - holding the GC before April, prior to the deadline of promulgating the new constitution and holding it only after the May-28 deadline,” said NC spokesperson Arjun Narsingh KC. However, we have agreed to complete all preparatory works, prior to May 28, he added.

KC, further, said, “Although majority of CC members want to hold the GC before the new constitution’s deadline, it would not make much negative effect to the party even if we held it after the deadline.”