‘There should be a rethink on secularism and republicanism’

shasank koirala

Kathmandu, March 1

Nepali Congress central committee member Sashank Koirala has said that there should be a review of the course taken by the country in the past 10 years.

Sashank, who is also the son of Nepali Congress leader BP Koirala, told BBC Nepali Service in an interview that there should be a review of the stance political parties have taken in republicanism, secularism and federalism.

Koirala, one of the key members of what is being called the ‘establishment’ faction inside the party, said that as Nepali Congress elects its new leadership this week, there should be a discussion on BP Koirala’s policy of national reconciliation. He said that changing the party’s stance on republicanism was also not impossible.

Koirala’s remarks carry special significance as he is considered the front runner for Nepali Congress general secretary, and his statement on republicanism and secularism, two issues that are likely be debated during the convention, just ahead of the event will polarise opinion within the party.

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