Nepali Congress`s 12th general convention to begin from Sep 17

Nepali Congress will hold its 12th general convention here beginning on September 17 to elect a successor to late party president Girija Prasad Koirala and finalise other important political issues.

Updated: Sep 11, 2010, 19:46 PM IST

Kathmandu: Nepali Congress will hold its
12th general convention here beginning on September 17 to
elect a successor to late party president Girija Prasad
Koirala and finalise other important political issues.

The party will also hold a massive public meeting here
that will be addressed by top party leaders including acting
president Sushil Koirala and former premier Sher Bahadur
Deuba, Vice-President of the party, Prakash Man Singh said.
The five-day event will be the first general
convention of the party after its unification, he said.

The 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 Nepali Congress has made itself inclusive by
reserving six seats for women, five each to Dalit, ethnic
community and Madhesis, Singh said, adding one seat will be
reserved for Muslims.

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

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

To a question Singh said, "the CPN-UML should not
remain neutral in the name of forming a consensus government
as we have already entered the phase of majority government as
per the provisions of the Interim Constitution".

"The UML should abandon its irresponsible behaviour
and caste its votes either in favour of Nepali Congress
candidate Ramchandra Poudyal or Maoist chief Prachanda and
give a way out to the present political crisis."

The country should not be made hostage to political
uncertainty, Singh, who is one of the strong candidates for
the post of party general secretary, said.

PTI