Kathmandu : The Nepali Congress (NC) leadership faced sharp criticism in the ongoing Central Working Committee meeting.
The leadership has been blamed for the party’s ‘unexpected’ defeat in the recent elections of the House of Representatives and State Assemblies.
Weaknesses of the party leadership, lack of its effective role and organisation inactiveness have been cited as the main reasons behind the party’s ‘humiliating’ defeat in the election.
In the meeting, those leaders close to party President Sher Bahadur Deuba were of the view that culture of factionalism in the party, non cooperation to candidates from rival faction and left alliance were the factors limiting the party to the third position in the twin elections held late last year. “However, there is no situation to be panicked,” they said.
Talking to media after the meeting, central member Jeevan Bahadur Shahi said suggestions of the meeting were that it was time for moving ahead by making corrections of weaknesses instead of getting engaged in accusation and counter-accusation.
Another central member Gururaj Ghimire argued that lack of right decisions in the allocation of election tickets, party’s internal situation and weaknesses in the publicity campaign were responsible for pushing back the party in the elections. He urged the party president and general secretary to take the meeting feedbacks seriously and move ahead accordingly to regain party’s presence and position.
According to party chief secretary Krishna Prasad Poudel, in today’s meeting, central members Hari Prasad Nepal, Narhari Acharya, Nabindra Raj Joshi, Kalyan Gurung and Dilendra Prasad Badu put their views.
The next meeting shall take place at 9:00 am Monday.