NC to hold key convention to elect G P Koirala`s successor
Last Updated: Sunday, September 12, 2010, 20:09
  
Kathmandu: Nepali Congress, the second largest party in the country, will hold a five-day convention from September 17 to elect a successor to late party president G P Koirala, who dominated the country's politics and the party for the last two decades.

G P Koirala, a five-time prime minister who passed away on March 20 aged 85, was instrumental in bringing the Maoists into mainstream politics in 2006.

The 12th general convention is expected to see a close contest between acting chief of the party, Sushil Koirala, who is expected to announce his candidacy officially today, and former prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba.

Sushil Koirala, who is G P Koirala cousin, maintained the party's unity after the death of the veteran leader despite deep factionalism.

Deuba, who returned to the party fold ahead of the election in 2008, seeks the top post after the death of G P Koirala.

Nepal's oldest party had split into two groups -- one led by late G P Koirala and the other led by Deuba after the 10th general convention held in Pokhara a decade ago.

The party will also hold a massive public meeting that will be addressed by top party leaders including the acting president and Deuba, said Prakash Man Singh, the Vice-President of the party.

The five-day event will be the first general convention of the party after its unification, he said.

Singh said the agenda for the upcoming general convention will be peace, constitution and stability and the main theme is to consolidate federal democratic republic system.

Invitations will be sent to representatives of almost all major political parties of India for the general convention, he said.

The convention comes amid the political deadlock in the country over the failure to elect a new prime minister despite seven rounds of voting in Parliament since the resignation of premier Madhav Kumar Nepal on June 30.

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New Delhi: President of General Association of National Sports Federations VK Malhotra launched another verbal attack on Sports Minister MS Gill, saying that his claims of doubling the prize money for Commonwealth and Asian Games medal winners are "totally misleading".

"Mr Gill has announced that in the coming Commonwealth Games and Asian Games medal winners will get Rs 20 lakh for Gold, Rs 10 lakh for Silver and Rs 6 lakh for bronze medal. In 2002 Commonwealth Games and Asian Games prize money given to gold, silver and bronze medal winner was 20 lakh, 10 lakh and 6 lakh respectively. Now after eight years to maintain the prize money at the same level of 2002 is ridiculous," Malhotra said.

"In between Pay Commission has increased the pay scale of Government servants by 300 per cent. Pay of Member of Parliaments (MPs) and pension to Ex MPs has also gone up by three times. Price index has also gone up and cost of most of the items has also gone up by 300 per cent. By keeping the prize money at that of the year 2002 and taking pride in that, is laughable," he added.

Malhotra said he has written to both the Prime Minister and Sports Minister asking that the prize money to be given to the medal winners of this year's Commonwealth and Asian Games should be "at least 2.5 times the amount given in the 2002 Games."

"The government has spent Rs 900 crore on the beautification/uglification of Connaught Place, about Rs 1000 crore for renovation of Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium and hundreds of crore on improvement of footpaths but to keep prize money to medal winners to Rs 5 to 7 crore is atrocious," he said.

"The government is following 'penny wise pound foolish' policy. I will again request the Prime Minister as suggested earlier to enhance the prize money for Commonwealth & Asian Games to Rs 50 lakh for Gold, Rs 30 lakh for Silver and Rs 20 lakh for Bronze medal winners," Malhotra said.

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First Published: Sunday, September 12, 2010, 20:09


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