Kathmandu, August 11:

Even as Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and others have been vowing every day to conduct the election to a constituent assembly, doubts over the actual conduct of the same are growing louder by the day.

The doubts are based on low level of preparedness demonstrated by the Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN-Maoist. The top leaders who have raised doubts include CPN-UML General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal and NC (D) President Sher Bahadur Deuba, among others.

“The way the anarchy has refused to give way to peaceful ways, it appears that the election will come under the shadow of doubt,” Deuba told reporters in the capital today. He blamed the Maoists for refusing to contribute to the peaceful ways.

This was further reinforced by yet another leader of that party. “We have heard everyone talking about holding the election. But the impression which is growing thicker is elections could be ruled out given what is happening,” said an NC (D) MP Mohan Basnet.

“One thing is for sure: Maoists are not keen for the election. That, of course, is unfortunate for Nepal since this could lead to dictatorship after a certain point of time.” CPN-UML senior leader Amrit Kumar Bohora shot down the Maoists’ demand for declaring a republic before the election is held.

Meanwhile, Madhav Kumar Nepal, speaking in the capital, cautioned that none of the constituents of the alliance should walk out of the consensus reached on the election. RPP President Pashupati Shumsher Rana slammed the alliance for stalling talks with Madhesi outfits to affect the election.