KATHMANDU, Dec 2: Three candidates are vying for the presidency of Nepali Congress (NC) Province 1 Committee.
Rajib Koirala, the parliamentary party leader of Province 1 Assembly, Gururaj Ghimire, former central President of Nepal Students Union and incumbent Central Committee Member of Nepali Congress and Uddhab Thapa, immediate past president of Nepali Congress Jhapa, are vying for the post.
Koirala and Ghimire represent rival factions of NC. Likewise, Thapa is the final candidate from President and Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba faction. Krishna Sitaula has also thrown his weight behind Thapa's candidacy.
The first provincial convention of NC will be inaugurated on Thursday. The list of candidates and voters will be made public on Friday. Election is scheduled for Saturday.
Rajib Koirala, one of the two aspirants from the rival faction, said their team will finalize a single candidate at the earliest. ''We are going to hold meeting to give it the final touch,'' said Koirala, ''We will field a single candidate - either I or Gururaj Ghimire.''