KMC officials quit en masse

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, May 23:

Mayor Keshav Sthapit, deputy mayor Rajaram Shrestha and 34 ward members of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City resigned from their posts following an unofficial meeting held today. Only the chairman of Ward Number 28 failed to give up the job today. He, however, said he might resign anytime but he would do it separately. Issuing a joint press release, the nominated local representatives said that the team, regardless of their political differences, worked only for making the city an exemplary one and added that their eight-month long tenure was much more successful than they had expected. "It is meaningless to remain in post for long at present, as we believe that the rights of the civil society and local bodies will not be secure until an institutional development of democracy is guaranteed," the release added. KMC mayor Sthapit had earlier said that the joint resignation of the officials would come by Friday.