Three candidates vying for the first Presidency of Nepali Congress Province 1 Committee. Rajib Koirala, the Parliamentary Party Leader of Province 1 Assembly, Gururaj Ghimire, former central President of Nepal Students Union and incumbent Central Committee Member of Nepali Congress and Uddab Thapa, Immediate Past President of Nepali Congress Jhapa, are vying for the post.
Koirala and Ghimire represent rival factions of Nepali Congress. Likewise, Thapa is the final candidate from President and Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba faction. Krishna Sitaula has also thrown his weight behind Thapa's candidacy.
The first Provincial Congress of Nepali Congress will be inaugurated on Thursday. List of candidates and voters will be made public on Friday. Election is scheduled on Saturday.
Koirala said their team will finalize single candidate at the earliest. ''We are going to hold meeting to give final touch,'' said Koirala, ''We will field single candidate either myself or Gururaj Ghimire," he added.