FSF-N for single phase polls after Ramadan

Kathmandu, April 27

Chair of Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal Upendra Yadav said if the government failed to pass a revised constitution amendment bill, the agitating Federal Alliance would resort to street protests.

Speaking at Reporters Club here today, Yadav said the FA had postponed its protests making it easy for the government to pass the constitution amendment bill as per the gentleman’s agreement reached with the FA leaders recently but the alliance would take to the streets if the government failed to implement the understanding. “If the government thinks that we might not be able to create a storm of protests, then it is wrong. We are still on the streets and ready to intensify our stir,” Yadav warned. He said the FA expected the government to pass the constitution amendment bill in four to five days.

He said the government should respect the religious feelings of Muslims who wanted the local polls to be held only after Ramadan. “Holding polls in one phase will be good for national unity and the government should be ready to do this. Polls should not be held just to make somebody the prime minister. The government can hold polls after a few months,” he said.

Yadav said pushing the date of local polls a bit further was necessary also to enable the left out voters to list their names in the voter list and new political parties to get election symbols.

Yadav said the core issue was to resolve the issues related to the revision of provincial boundaries. “The basic structure has not been created and yet the government wants to operate on an organ of the body,” Yadav said in an oblique reference to their dissatisfaction over the drawing of provincial boundaries.

He said his party would forge poll alliance with the newly formed Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal in Madhes and in other parts of the country his party would forge alliance with other parties.

Yadav condemned the government for first sending circulars to 11 Tarai districts and later withdrawing the same.