KATHMANDU, Nov 26: A draft statute of the main opposition party, Nepali Congress (NC), that is being circulated to its leaders for consultation, has proposed barring leaders from holding two positions in the party at the same time.
NC General Secretary Purna Bahadur Khadka, who is also the coordinator of the statute drafting committee, presented the draft to the Central Working Committee meeting at the party headquarters in Sanepa Sunday.
The draft has proposed not giving another position to those already holding a position in the party or its sister organizations or any other NC’s affiliate organizations. The draft has also proposed barring people from taking membership of more than one sister organization at the same time.
Similarly, the document has proposed increasing the number of Central Working Committee members to 141, with a provision to elect 106 members directly from the general convention. NC CWC has 85 members.
The draft statute proposes setting up a total 28 central departments and 22 provincial departments. Each central level department will have 51 members. The draft statute has also proposed giving recognition to and felicitating people from various professional backgrounds making special contribution to the party.
The CWC meeting has asked party leaders to come up with their opinions on the draft statute within three days. According to NC CWC member Prakash Sharan Mahat, party leaders will hold extensive discussions on the draft statute before endorsing it. “There are divergent views among the party leaders on the draft statute. We need further discussions,” he said.
The party leaders will be presenting their views on the proposed party statute during the Central Working Committee meeting on coming Thursday.