KATHMANDU, Aug 14: In what could be the start of yet another row between the two rival factions in the Nepali Congress, all those appointed as department chiefs and zonal coordination committee coordinators of the party from the Sher Bahadur Deuba faction have decided to tender their resignations en masse.
A meeting of the CWC members and former Constituent Assembly (CA) members from the Deuba faction held at Deuba´s residence on Monday afternoon took a decision to this effect, concluding that the decision of party President Sushil Koirala to form an additional 12 departments in the party was against a provision in the party statute.
“We decided to tender our resignations en masse as the decision was not taken in consultation with Sher Bahadur Deuba,” said Deuba-aligned CWC member Purna Bahadur Khadka.
Khadka said there have been differing opinions whether to resign before the CWC meeting that begins Thursday or submit the resignations during the CWC meeting. “We are meeting again Tuesday afternoon. The meeting will decide when to tender the resignations,” he further said.
On July 29, Koirala had taken a decision to name the chiefs of 42 various departments, including 12 new departments, and 14 zonal coordination committee coordinators.
The appointments that were supposed to be made within two months of the general convention held in September 2010 as per the party statute were delayed due to prolonged differences between the establishment faction and the Deuba-led faction.
Out of the total of 42 departments, 13 are headed by Deuba-aligned leaders. Likewise, six of the 14 zonal coordination committee coordinators were named from the Deuba side.
Khadka said the meeting also held discussions on the current political situation and ways to bail the country out of the constitutional crisis.
"We have underscored the need to immediately call a Mahasamiti meeting of the party and come up with a single idea for taking the country out of the current political deadlock," he said."Discussion on the issue is still continuing."