Finally, something significantly positive has come out from any Nepali Congress meeting in recent times. The grand old party of Nepal has decided to choose the democratic process in electing leadership over virtual presidential decree. With this the almost dictatorial hold of NC President Girija Prasad Koirala over the party has come to an end.
The party today (Wednesday) adopted a resolution to that effect (‘institutional leadership’) at the fourth and last day of Mahasamiti convention- it’s highest and policymaking body. The resolution that was endorsed by the full house of the meeting has curtailed the landslide nomination rights of the party president; make it more inclusive, elections on some major post including party central committee members and office bearers.
According to the passed resolution, party president, one post each of general secretary, treasure and 61CC members would be elected by the general assembly. Likewise, the party president upon the approval from the CC meeting would appoint three office bearers- vice chair, general secretary and joint general secretary. That’s about 25 percent of the total office bearers that the president can appoint. Previously it was 50 percent.
Koirala, understandably, was against the resolution. Thus be also sunk into minority for the first time since he took over the leadership some 15 years ago. (read more about this here)