'Pact already in place to bring UDMF on board poll process'

KATHMANDU: A CPN Maoist Centre leader and confidant of Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Friday has claimed that an informal agreement has already been made to bring the agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front on board the election process.

Speaking with journalists in Kathmandu today, Maoist leader Barsha Man Pun said the government would forward the elections preparations and endorsement of the Constitution amendment bill simultaneously to meet demands of the agitating Front.

He said the agreement was sealed before PM Dahal's China visit that the amendment would be endorsed before the polls by dropping the issue of revision of provincial boundaries for now.

The UDMF was also positive about the proposal, he claimed, adding the UDMF's constituent parties had already begun preparations for the polls.

Likewise, people in the Madhes were also excited for the polls, Pun claimed and said applications filed for the temporary police personnel for the polls from Province 2 was evidence of the fact.

"Many youth in the Province 2 have been recruited in the temporary police and there are no people to pelt stones," he said, "Therefore, the elections will be held."

Meanwhile, Pun added that no any force could stop the local level elections slated for May 14 now as various technical and administrative preparations had already been made.

"The election process has already moved ahead quite far and no one should harbour any doubt about it."