By-poll victory ensures further unity in party: NC President Deuba

Pokhara, Aug 16 : Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba has urged the party leaders and cadres to ensure party victory in the coming by-poll, so that it would help further foster unity in party.

Addressing the Gandaki State level orientation organized by the Central Policy, Research and Training Institute of the party here Friday, President Deuba underscored the need of unity in the party to guarantee party’s victory. “Our party is working as if it is not one but split in two groups. Two parties- UML and Maoist- have been unified to one. Now, the Congress must not promote factional politics. The NC must win in the coming by-poll,” he emphasized.

On a different note, President Deuba, who is also the former Prime Minister, accused the present government of bringing Media Council bill, violating the spirit of press freedom. The government was attacking press freedom by designing the bill that curtails citizen’s right to hold critical views. He reminded that NC was always clear on socialism with democracy by adhering to freedom, equality, justice and fraternity.

On the occasion, senior leader of the party, Ramchandra Poudel, said the present government on which people had placed huge hope has created much despair. Only party to support the people is NC, he asserted, urging the party cadres not to run after some group of leaders but the entire party.

Party’s central committee member Gopal Man Shrestha asserted that the party had to face unpleasant defeat due to deceit within the party and underscored the need for rising above factions’ within the party in the upcoming by-election and moving ahead in unity.

Another central member Krishna Prasad Sitaula pointed out the need for new awareness for the Nepali Congress. Stating that NC had taken the lead in every political movement since 2007 BS, Sitaula said that NC would eloquently move ahead for safeguarding constitution and democracy.

Lamenting that religious and social tolerance was weakening lately, former Secretary-General of NC Taranath Ranabhat underlined the need for the NC to make stronger. Similarly, NC central member Kamala Panta and Foundation’s executive director Purusottam Dahal opined that the training would be useful to make the NC stronger.

NC President Deuba welcomed the cadres who left Netra Bikram Chand-led Nepal Communist Party and entered NC. On the occasion, even a book was released. The training will last through coming Saturday.