Dissatisfaction mounts in NC over CWC meeting delay

Published On: January 11, 2017 01:20 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Jan 11: An overwhelming majority of Nepali Congress (NC) Central Working Committee members have expressed dissatisfaction over the failure of the party leadership to call CWC meetings on a regular basis. 

The CWC members have expressed strong dissatisfaction over the leadership, alleging that the party leadership did not even consult the party while making decisions, which are likely to leave far-reaching consequences in the country. The NC had held its CWC meeting in October.

NC CWC member Dhan Raj Gurung said CWC meeting is a platform of the party to forge strategies and take appropriate decisions on various concurrent political issues facing the country. “This is not something that individual CWC members have to ask for. It is unfortunate to note that there has not been any CWC meeting for nearly about three months,” said Gurung. 

Gurung complained that the party's top leadership had tried to bypass the CWC meeting while taking decisions that have long-term consequences for both the party and the country. “There has not been adequate discussion even in the content of the constitution amendment proposal that has now become controversial,” he further said.

NC had held a three-day long CWC meeting shortly after an impeachment motion was registered in parliament jointly by CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) lawmakers on October 19. Although the meeting held discussions on various issues including the issues of amendment provisions in the constitution, most NC CWC members, who do not want speak publicly, complain that the most amendment proposals that NC supported were not in line with the suggestions given by the party CWC members. 

“There is a mounting dissatisfaction among CWC members over the way the party's top leadership is running the party. But only a few of them choose to speak in public as they have either some kind of expectations or a feeling of threat in their career from the party's top leadership,” said a CWC member, who did not want to be named. 

Another NC CWC member Guru Raj Ghimire said that the party's CWC meeting should not be held chronically on a 'contingency'. “Although there were some discussions about the issues concerning the amendment proposals in our last CWC meeting, we are not aware how things are moving forward and what our party's official position is on a number of different issues,” said Ghimire, while stressing the need for holding CWC meeting on a regular basis. 

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