Nepali Congress: Paudel gives one-week ultimatum to Deuba to address concerns

L-R: Ram Chandra Paudel and Sher Bahadur Deuba

Kathmandu, September 28

The show of forces inside the main opposition party, Nepali Congress, has intensified as the faction led by Ram Chandra Paudel gave a one-week ultimatum to the party’s president Sher Bahadur Deuba on Monday, demanding he address the faction’s concerns.

For the past few months, Paudel and leaders close to him have been claiming that Deuba made various decisions regarding the formation of party departments and sister organisations going against the party statute.

The group believes Deuba is strengthening his control in the party in order to secure victory as the party president for the next term. The party is scheduled to elect the new leadership in February next year, but it is highly likely to get deferred due to various internal issues.

In this context, Paudel, the party’s General Secretary Shashank Koirala and Treasurer Sita Devi Yadav registered a memorandum at the party’s central office. In total, 27 central working committee members have signed the memorandum.

Earlier on Sunday, Paudel’s effort to solicit Krishna Prasad Sitaula’s support in giving the president the ultimatum had failed.

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