RJP-N to drop presidium

- TIKA R PRADHAN, Kathmandu

Jun 22, 2018-

The third largest party in the parliament Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal (RJP-N) has agreed to drop the existing collective leadership system of six-member presidium from the upcoming national convention.

During the Political Committee meeting that concluded on Wednesday the leaders have agreed to shun the presidium.

“All the top leaders have agreed to drop the existing presidium system claiming that failed to deliver,” said General Secretary Keshav Jha adding that the national convention will elect a chairperson of the party besides a workable office bearers and secretariat.

Now the three-member task force formed to prepare the draft of the party statute would come up with a framework of the leadership and put forth in the next meeting of political committee on July 5.

Almost all the leaders speaking at the three-day long meeting had vehemently criticized the presidium system claiming that became a complete failure in ruling the party. Due to the system of having six leaders in to top seat, party could not take important decisions on time, make opinion on major national agenda and carry out party activities promptly, leaders observed.

Therefore, they had outright rejected all three drafts of the party statute presented by three leaders in the presidium—Anil Jha, Rajendra Mahato and Mahendra Raya Yadav—they all had promoted the provision of presidium.

The political committee has also agreed to form a mechanism to run the provincial and local governments as they have been working without consulting with the party, as there is no mechanism to deal with them.

Key meeting fails to decide on PP leader

Even after more than four months of the government formation, the third largest party RJP-N has failed to elect its officials of the parliamentary party.

The latest political committee meeting that concluded on Wednesday was expected to take some decision regarding the officials of the parliamentary party but the meeting failed to do so. Due to the conflict among top leaders, the party has failed to elect the parliamentary party leader and other officials, which the leaders termed to be ‘shameful’.

Some leaders even claimed that leaders in the presidium were fighting for the PP leader position, but that should be decided unanimously based on seniority. Most leaders were for coordinator of the party presidium Mahantha Thakur leading the parliamentary party as well while another influential leader in the presidium Rajendra Mahato is also vying for the position claiming that Thakur may not be able to take the responsibility due to his ‘health’ conditions.

Meanwhile some members claimed that the leaders have tentatively agreed to hold the meeting of its parliamentary party on June 25.

Published: 22-06-2018 08:59

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