Govt's decision to defer province no 2 elections encouraging secession: UML

KATHMANDU: The main opposition party CPN-UML has accused the government of deferring local level elections of Province number 2 and termed it as an act to promotion of secession in the region.

In a statement today, UML has expressed grave concern over the government's decision to defer the local polls of Province number 2 to September 18.

Earlier, the second round of local polls were slated for June 28 in Province number 1, 2, 5 and 7 in 43 districts for selecting local representatives.

However, today's meeting with the agitating Rastriya Janata Party Nepal decided to hold the third round of elections in the province number 2.

The UML had doubted the government activities from the very decision of holding the local level elections in the two phases, as stated in the press release.

"The recent development has proved that the government's intention was not focused on election but on moving the nation towards uncertainty, despite our repeated plead of holding the election on the stipulated date", it said in a statement.

The deferral of the local polls in the Province has also deprived people's right of choosing local representatives.

"It has also weakened national unity and encouraged secession in the region and has raised huge question mark over constitution implementation. The ruling alliance also committed huge crime by preparing a secessionist sentiment by deferring elections without any reason." according to Chief of Publicity Department and Secretary Yogesh Bhattarai.

UML has also urged all to be alert in this juncture of time against such move to safeguard the democracy and Constitution implementation.