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Statute sure if UML largest party: Oli

  

ISHWORKAJI KHAIJU

At least two panels‚ loyal to Oli and Jhala Nath Khanal-Madhav Kumar Nepal‚ would file candidacy for the district leadership.

BHAKTAPUR: Senior leader of the CPN-UML KP Sharma Oli on Saturday claimed that the Constituent Assembly (CA) election would be held on November 19 even if the agitating CPN-Maoist-led alliance did not not take part in it.

“Now we cannot wait for Mohan Baidhya-led alliance to join the election process,” Oli said, speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the party's seventh district convention in Bhaktapur.

He also asserted that no constitution could be promulgated unless the UML became the largest party. According to him, the dissolved CA could not bring out new constitution because UCPN-Maoist was the largest party then.

Oli hoped that the Nepal Workers and Peasants party (NWPP), which had won both seats in Bhaktapur in the last election, will vanish after the November polls. Bhaktapur has been the NWPP's stronghold in all the elections post-1990.

At today's function, Oli welcomed 100 people who defected to the UML from various parties including Nepali Congress and Rastriya Prajatantra Party.

The convention would elect 51-member committee tomorrow.

It is learnt that at least two panels, loyal to Oli and Jhala Nath Khanal-Madhav Kumar Nepal, would file candidacy for the district leadership.

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