Koirala dresses down Congress colleagues

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Koirala dresses down Congress colleagues

Sep 8, 2014-

Venting ire at senior leaders of his party—Nepali Congress (NC)—as well as Cabinet colleagues, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Monday said he has not been receiving enough support from leaders of his party to run the government as well as the party.

“Some senior party leaders are promoting factionalism in the party,” PM Koirala, who is also NC’s party President, said in a veiled attack on senior party leader Sher Bahadur Deuba and Vice-president Ram Chandra Poudel duringMonday’s NC Parliamentary Party meeting at PM’s official residence in Baluwatar.

Instead of assisting him to run the government and the party in an efficient manner, PM Koirala said senior leaders of his party are busy promoting the vested interests of their own factions.

Congress ministers also received a dressing down from Koirala for their “poor performance and lack of coordination among themselves”.

“I do not see our ministers developing any good relationship and cooperation among themselves. How can we expect to move ahead in such a situation?” Koirala asked.

“As an elected PM and Parliamentary Party leader, I am ready to make any contribution to keep the party united,” said Koirala at the meeting, and urged all party colleagues to enhance cooperation among themselves.

During the meeting, which convened after a long time to hold discussion on the important issue of timely constitution drafting and other pertinent party matters, Koirala was unhappy with Deuba for promoting a parallel lawyers’ association and was enraged with Poudel for snubbing him during the launch of the BP trail.  

After making such strong remarks, Koirala suddenly left the meeting hall.  

Deuba tried to clarify his position, saying that he has always extended his full support to  the party-led government.  

He insisted to have tried to bring the two factions of NC aligned Democratic Lawyers Association together to resolve their differences. A faction of DLA had on Sunday formed a parallel panel with Deuba as the chief guest.

“I went to their (DLA’s) programme because they used to look after our cases during difficult times. Some technical error took place during their general convention of the DLA in Nepalgunj because of which they suffered a split,” Deuba told the meeting.

During the meeting, Poudel briefed the NC lawmakers about the progress made in the constitution writing process and positions of other political parties on four contentious issues of statute drafting—state restructuring, forms of governance, electoral model and judicial system. Poudel also sought some time to defend himself against the allegations levelled by the prime minister.

Some lawmakers like Shanker Bhandari and Khatiwada then created ruckus, urging the top leaders to hear their grievances and concerns. Lawmaker Bhandari said: “We are in favour of calling a meeting of party Central Working Committee immediately to hold discussion on the government’s performance, formation of party’s parliamentary committee, organisation of the party and other national issues of import.

Then the chief whip of the party, Chin Kaji Shrestha ruled that meeting is adjounred until further notice.

Published: 09-09-2014 08:57

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