Kathmandu, Nepal, September 9, 2020: Election fever has gripped the leaders of the main opposition Nepali Congress (NC). The top leaders of the grand old Democratic Party have already initiated election campaign even though there is no guarantee of holding the convention in the scheduled date due to the spread of global pandemic, coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Nepali Congress has already scheduled its 14th General Convention from 19-22 February, 2021 in Kathmandu. Though the party leadership seems firm to convene the convention on scheduled time, spiking number of COVID-19 cases would compel the NC to avert the scheduled date at again.
The NC has also failed even to intensify the distribution of party’s active membership card due to the spread of coronavirus. Internal faction war of the party has come into visible after president Sher Bahadur Deuba has intensified the formation process of the party departments. The dissident factions have raised serious question marks over the motive and intention of the party president Deuba for forming departments just before six months of general convention.
As president Deuba made appointments in some departments out of different 20 departmennts, the dissident leaders have casted a doubt that party leadership would not have intended to convene the general convention at the scheduled date.
They have also exerted pressure to hold the General convention on scheduled date. The party should complete distribution of active membership cards before convention in the local level. There would not possible to hold general convention on schedule date if the part failed to conclude the district level convention within coming December. As distribution of active membership card is not begun yet in most of the districts, there is unlikely to convene the general convention on time, a leader, who claims himself as close aide of the party president Deuba, said.