Kathmandu, Former Prime Minister and Nepali Congress president Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that he would not step aside from the party’s leadership just because someone asked him to do so, according to a report of The Himalayan Times.
NC leaders, especially youths and those representing camps led by senior leader Ramchandra Paudel and Krishna Prasad Sitaula, have been demanding that Deuba make way for a new leadership following the party’s humiliating defeat in provincial and parliamentary elections under his leadership.
Deuba said he was very much aware of his responsibility of maintaining unity in the party and added that he would again stake claim to the leadership in the general convention to be held after three years.
“No one has the right to ask an elected president to get out,” said Deuba, addressing an event in Kathmandu, attributing the party’s election defeat to the electoral alliance between the two big communist parties — the then CPN-UML and the CPN-Maoist Centre.
Asking party workers not to panic as this was not the first time the party had lost elections, Deuba expressed commitment to restore the party to its former glory in the next general elections.He also urged all the party workers to move ahead united.
Deuba further said the party’s major achievement was ensuring implementation of the constitution by successfully holding the three phases of elections — local, provincial and parliamentary.