Deuba picks Gachhadar for Nepali Congress vice-president amid Paudel’s protest

File image: Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar

Kathmandu, November 7

Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba has appointed Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar the party’s Vice-President amid protests from the camp led by his internal opponent Ram Chandra Paudel.

The party’s  Central Working Committee meeting held on Tuesday afternoon appointed Gachhadar to the position. A former Congress leader, Gachhadar was active in regional politics until last year.

Then the Chairperson of Nepal Democratic Forum, Gachhadar had merged the party with the Nepali Congress before parliamentary elections held last year. During the merger, Deuba had assured the vice-presidential position to Gachhadar.

Whereas leaders close to the former prime minister have said the CWC decision aimed at implementing the merger agreement, Paudel side claims the decision flouted the party statute.

The faction argues that the party should have suspended some provisions of the statute to appoint Gachhadar as the statute has the provision for only one Vice-President, appointed from among elected CWC members. Bimalendra Nidhi already holds the position.

CWC member Arjun Narsingha KC says the leaders, however, have congratulated Gachhadar on the appointment.

Meanwhile, the meeting also postponed the party’s mahasamiti meeting till December 14. The meeting will be held in Kathmandu from December 14 to 18.

Published on November 7th, Wednesday, 2018 9:53 AM

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