Rautahat, August 30
Senior CPN-UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal claimed that his party’s victory was imminent in the third round of local elections.
“There are conspiracies being hatched against our party by the ruling parties, but you can take my word that nothing will stop the fall of the NC and the CPN-MC in Province 2 in the upcoming civic polls,” argued Nepal, who accused the ruling parties of winking at the disturbances created by Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal against the election campaign of his party.
Nepal was speaking at a province-level gathering of student leaders in Chandranigahapur today.
“It is our fundamental right to canvass for the polls like any other political party but the activities against us that a few parties are carrying out clearly shows the defeated mindset of these parties that have lost confidence in themselves in the face of the UML’s growing popularity,” Nepal said.
Nepal also blamed the Madhes-based parties for the plight of the Madhes. “The erstwhile bustling places such as Gaur, Birgunj and Janakpur have turned into desolate places now due to the back-to-back strikes and protests of the Madhes-based parties,” he opined.
Commenting on the ‘anti-Madhes’ allegation levelled against his party, the UML dismissed it as something politically motivated. “When Madhes-based party leaders come to ask for votes, ask them why they call the UML anti-Madhes,” he told the cadres, accusing Madhes-based parties of trying to fulfil their vested interests by portraying UML as anti-Madhes.
Nepal blamed the leadership of the ruling parties for scheduling the third round of civic polls amidst festivals. “We’ve taken the polls as a celebration, but it seems parties like the NC and the CPN-MC are still plotting to push the elections further back,” he reasoned.
A version of this article appears in print on August 31, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.