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Power tussle begins in Nepali Congress after Koirala’s death

As expected, a tussle has begun among two senior most leaders of Nepali Congress to control the reins of the country’s oldest party--less than a week after GP Koirala’s death.

world Updated: Mar 25, 2010 16:54 IST
Utpal/HT Correspondent

As expected, a tussle has begun among two senior most leaders of Nepali Congress to control the reins of the country’s oldest party--less than a week after GP Koirala’s death.

On Wednesday, former prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba made his claim for the top post. And with acting president Sushil Koirala also making similar moves, the party top leadership could to get polarized into two groups.

Deuba was the senior most leader after GP Koirala when his faction of the party merged with Nepali Congress two and half years ago while Sushil Koirala was third in the hierarchy.

“As I was given the first position in the party’s protocol after Girija Babu, therefore I should lead the party now,” said Deuba.

The former prime minister also expressed his desire to lead the three-party high level political mechanism (to end the present political impasse), which was chaired by GP Koirala.

Sushil Koirala on the other hand maintains that there are no differences among the party’s top leadership over the president’s post. He suggested that Deuba, himself and vice-president Ram Chandra Poudel can attend HLPM’s meetings.

Some senior Nepali Congress leaders are suggesting that Deuba, Koirala and Poudel should collectively lead the party for the time being till the next president is elected through a democratic process.