Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Sujata prevails in Nepal politics, Jr. Koirala, Poudel toothless

Sujata prevails in Nepal politics, Jr. Koirala, Poudel toothless


The Nepali Congress senior leaders Ram Chandra Poudel and Sushil Koirala turned toothless after another NC stalwart Sher Bahadur Deuba out of the blue turned in favor of Sujata Koirala-Jost to lead the Nepali Congress team in the UML led coalition government.

What prompted Mr. Deuba who until the other day was considered as a sharp critique of Sujata Koirala to lay down his weapons in front of father Koirala-the Nepali version ofDhrisrastra, is no less intriguing?

Father Koirala in the early hours of Tuesday, June 2, 2009, took unilateral decision in favor of his own daughter Sujata though Sushil and Ram Chandra had been rejecting the Sujata proposition.

Koirala had invited Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal at his Maharajgunj residence and conveyed his decision.

Similarly, the UML party chief Mr. Jhala Nath Khanal met with Koirala in the evening on Tuesday.

Earlier the Nepali Congress Parliamentary Committee and Central Committee after repeatedly failing to find a leader to captain the NC team in the government had urged Koirala to choose the leader of his choice.

Sushil Koirala talking to the media said, Sujata could have been at best appointed a minister but the decision to allow Sujata to lead the NC team is a major setback to the party.

Bimalendra Nidhi, the Nepali Congress General Secretary informed the media that Koirala wants Sujata to head the ministry of foreign affairs and lead the NC delegation.

News reports also have it that Girija Prasad Koirala decision favoring his own daughter Sujata has come as a major shock to both Dr. Shasank Koirala and Dr. Shekhar Koirala-the other members of the Koirala clan.

Nevertheless, the NC central Committee members who are in favor of elevating Sujata are none less than Khum Bahadur Khadka, Govinda Raj Joshi, Chiranjibi Wagley, Binaya Dhoj Chand, Laxman Ghimire and Sunil Bhandari.

Sujata also garners support form the youth brigade.

Gururaj Ghimire and Govinda Bhattarai- NC youth leaders are in favor of Sujata along with some four dozen District heads of the youth wing of the Nepali Congress.

2009-06-03 08:02:41

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