Lalitpur, April 28:

The elected representatives of Lalitpur sub-Metropolitan City (LMC) have refused to step down from their respective posts.

Mayor Prem Lal Maharjan, talking to The Himalayan Times, said the local representatives who were elected by the people should not resign just because a handful of people are threatening them.

“We will step down only if the government decides to annul the local elections conducted on February 8,” Maharjan said.

The elected representatives of the LMC have already started construction of a 2.5 km road in Ward No 16 from the last week of March. “We have allocated Rs 1 million for the project. The road was already gravelled twice in the past,” said Bisantar Shakya, chairperson of Ward No 16.

“Various works could not be continued for three weeks due to the general strike. However, they all resumed from yesterday,” Shakya added.

The nearby vegetable market will also be upgraded and street vendors at Mangal Bazaar reorganised, he said.

“All the construction, maintenance and development works that started in the past two months may be cancelled if the government feels so,” said Maharjan. He added that it would be unfortunate if all the posts of the local authorities fall vacant once again and are taken over by civil servants.

Maharjan also said that a board meeting of all the local representatives held today decided to establish a relief fund for those injured in the demonstrations. The mayor, deputy mayor and 18 ward chairpersons were elected in the local elections in February, while the posts of chairpersons in four wards are vacant.