Polls possible if big parties are willing: Nepal

Kathmandu, July 23:

General secretary of the CPN-UML Madhav Kumar Nepal said today that the CA polls could be held on November 22 if the major political parties — NC, UML and the Maoists — were committed to it.

Addressing a function organised here to mark the 29th death anniversary of founding general secretary of the Communist Party of Nepal, Pushpalal Shrestha, Nepal urged all not to spread rumours against holding the polls.

“The PM, the Election Commission and the international community have expressed full commitment, made preparations and extended full cooperation to holding the election.

So, election must be held at any cost, “Nepal said.He said the royalists did not want to see it happen, as it would overthrow the monarchy once and for all.

Senior Maoist leader Mohan Baidhya said there were two threats to holding of the CA election, one from the royalists and the other from the international power centres, which wanted to keep some kind of monarchy.

He said leftist and republican forces should unite during the election. President of the Pushpalal Memorial Academy Jhala Nath Khanal said people’s demand for a CA polls for the last 57 years was going to be met in November.

Meanwhile, youth leaders including Pushpa Raj Parajuli, general secretary of the Nepal Tarun Dal, accused the eight parties of not being serious about holding the CA polls on the scheduled date.

They were speaking at an interaction organised by the Management Students’ Association of Nepal.