Major five parties unequivocal on holding election on May 14


Kathmandu, April-19-2017 | Major five political parties have made it clear that the local-level election would be held on May 14, the date announced for holding it.

Prime Minister and CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ summoned a meeting of top leaders of five political parties including Nepali Congress, CPN (UML), Rastriya Prajatantra Party and Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (Democratic) at the PM’s official residence, Baluwatar to discuss the country’s contemporary issues, primarily the election.

Talking to media following the meeting, NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba said the meeting focused on the issue of holding the upcoming May 14 election on the planned date at any cost.

However, election in some parts could be held in the second round if the protesting Madhes-centric parties agreed to join it, he added.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Bimalendra Nidhi said the meeting also touched on the issues regarding the Madhesi Front’s programmes of protest intended to obstruct the election.

Deputy leader of the UML Parliamentary Party Subash Chandra Nembang informed that the meeting discussed the matter to bring all political parties and groups along as far as possible to make the polls successful.

Energy Minister Janardan Sharma said the elections could require second phase to take place all over the country keeping in mind the preparations required if the Madhes-centric political parties agreed to join the polls.

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