Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala and senior leader Sher Bahadur Deuba have registered their respective candidacies for the post of Parliamentary Party (PP) leader of the party on Saturday.
Koirala and Deuba, who lead two different factions inside the party, registered their candidacies for Sunday’s election to select the party’s new parliamentary party leader at NC's parliamentary party office inside Singha Durbar.
However, NC Vice President Ram Chandra Poudel, the party’s parliamentary party leader in the last CA, has decided not to file his candidacy for the post this time. He had on Friday said that he would give up his claim for the post of parliamentary party leader if it “saves the party from the risk of possible split”.
All three leaders – Koirala, Deuba and Poudel – were seen to be strong candidates for the post of parliamentary party leader of the party that will in all likelihood lead the soon-to-be government after emerging as the biggest party through the November 19 election. The three were also tipped to lead the new government
On behalf of Koirala, NC lawmaker Ambar Singh Pun had filed Koirala’s candidacy at NC’s parliamentary party office this morning. NC leaders Ananda Prasad Dhungana supported Koirala’s candidacy while Farmullah Mansoor seconded it.
Similarly, NC central leader Gopal Man Shrestha reached the parliamentary party office to register Deuba’s candidacy for the post. NC leader Bimalendra Nidhi supported Deuba’s candidacy while Bhisma Raj Angdambe seconded it.
The election of the Parliamentary Party leader has been scheduled from 8: 30 am to 11:30 am on Sunday at the party's parliamentary party office in Singh Durbar.