KATHMANDU, August 24: Prime Minister and Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba has appointed the party's senior leader Bimalendra Nidhi as acting president.
Deuba appointed Nidhi as the acting head of the party as he left for New Delhi on a five-day state visit to India in his capacity as country's prime minister.
Party insiders have seen this as Deuba's step toward officially nominating Nidhi as the party's vice president. “I extend gratitude to Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba for entrusting me the responsibility of acting president during his visit to India,” Nidhi tweeted after Deuba's decision.
Among the NC's office bearers, President, General Secretary, and Treasurer are directly elected by the party's general convention. Party president has the right to nominate vice president and joint general secretary.
Party insiders said Deuba is currently holding internal consultations to nominate a joint general secretary. Although Deuba is personally is in favor of appointing Man Bahadur Bishwakarma to the post, Mahesh Acharya of the rival faction within the party is also being seriously considered, sources said.
Before his departure to New Delhi, NC President Deuba has also appointed four central working committee members of the party. Those appointed as CWC members on Wednesday include Hari Prasad Nepal (Palpa), Radhe Chandra Yadav (Bara), Amrit Aryal (Morang) and Dhyan Govinda Ranjit (Kathmandu).
President Deuba has also formed the party's Central Disciplinary Committee with CWC member Ramesh Rijal as head in line with the decision of the party's central committee meeting. The member of the committee are CWC members Uma Kanta Chaudhary, Kamala Panta, Surendra Raj Pandey and Hridaya Ram Thani.