Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba is preparing to make deputy parliamentary party leader Bijay Kumar Gachchhadar the party vice president.
Deuba, who will make the proposal in Tuesday’s central committee meeting, has already sought help on the issue from leaders of his faction and will consult senior leader Ram Chandra Paudel before Tuesday’s meeting.
Gachchhadar, who had quit NC on February 1, 2008 and joined the then Madhesi Janadhikar Forum before the first Constituent Assembly election, had returned back after unification of his party Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (Democratic) with NC on October 16, 2017 before the provincial and federal elections.
NC is preparing to appoint Gachchhadar the vice president citing the agreement made at the time of party unification. “We are appointing Gachchhadar the vice president to implement the agreement made at the time of unification,” NC Spokesperson Bishwo Prakash Sharma told Setopati. “There will be two vice presidents in the party if the central committee agrees to remove the statutory obstructions.”
The NC party statute envisions only one vice president. Bimalendra Nidhi is the vice president now.
“Vice president will be nominated today itself if the statutory obstructions are removed. It may also happen during the upcoming mahasamiti meeting,” Sharma revealed.
Vice president must be an elected central committee member as per the party statute but Gachchhadar is an invited one having been nominated after party unification. Gachchhadar has been unhappy with the party saying the agreement made at the time of unification has not been implemented.
Leaders said Tuesday’s central committee meeting will also discuss about postponing the mahasamiti meeting. The party will discuss about postponing the mahasamiti meeting scheduled for the third week of November by two weeks.
The meeting is also expected to discuss the draft of the amended party statute prepared by the committee led by general secretary Purna Bahadur Khadka, and the federal statute of Nepal Students Union.