Government to hold parlimentary elections on time: Minister

Kathmandu, February 17:

Assistant minister for agriculture and cooperatives, Govinda Chaudhary, today said the government was committed to holding parliamentary polls on time.

Labelling the municipal elections a success despite threats, Chaudhary said the government would go ahead with the parliamentary elections, which, like the municipal polls, would be held successfully.

Speaking at an interaction at the Sambad Club here today, he said the “unholy” alliance between the seven-party alliance and the Maoists would lead the country into disaster. The government would continue to look upon the Maoists as terrorists unless they lay down their arms, Chaudhary added.

“In case the Maoists lay down their arms, the government is ready to hold talks with them,” he said, while reiterating the government’s view that it was ready for a dialogue with the political parties anytime.

He said the government had taken the Supreme Court’s decision to dissolve the RCCC positively.

Rastriya Prajatantra Party (Thapa) central committee member, Govinda Khaniya, repeated his party’s stance of the need for consensus among all the constitutional forces. The parliamentary elections are the best possible way out, he said.

Referring to the US envoy James F Moriarty’s statement on the importance of reconciliation between the Maoists and the political parties, Khaniya said: “Now the envoys have understood the genuine issues.”

Leader of Nepal Samata Party, Bakhad Bahadur Bhandari, meanwhile highlighted the need to hold parliamentary elections to end the current crisis.

Meanwhile, in another programme in Kathmandu, a leader of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party (Thapa) said the municipal polls were a success al though the voter turnout in the recent municipal elections was not as “expected”.

The polls were “satisfactory” considering the “unfavourable” environment in which they were conducted and despite the controversy over the new election symbol, party central committee member Govinda Khaniya said. “At some places, we could not file the nomination papers on time due to the change in election symbols,” he said.

The RPP (Rana) is working to build new committes in the districts. According to party leader Khem Raj Pandit, the party would discard the extremists to form a new committee of the party. He is currently in Nepalgunj to constitute a new committee there, Pandit said.