Janakpur incident drawing party attention: UML

KATHMANDU: CPN-UML on Tuesday said unwanted forces trying to foil elections rallies and programmes organised by senior leaders in Janakpur have drawn party's attention.

Locals cadres from Rastriya Janata Party Nepal and other Madhes-based political parties have disrupted UML's programmes in the district accusing them of foiling the constitution amendment bill.

Issuing a press statement today, UML Party Publicity Department Chief Yogesh Bhattarai said it was very disappointing that the local bodies have failed to arrange necessary security arrangement for the senior leaders.

"Former PM Madav Kumar Nepal, Central Committee Members, Former Energy Minister and Secretary Gokarna Bista, Local Leaders and Parliamentarians were holding a peaceful programme, was disrupted by unwanted forces," reads the statement.

"UML takes these activities very seriously and understand that these activities are designed to disrupt communal harmony and foil the upcoming local polls stated on September 18," it said in the statement.

"The party also demands stern actions against the culprits and urged the local cadres to remain focus and alert against such activities,".

UML has also urged the Election Commission to be sensitive towards such activities as election code of conduct is on effect run up to elections, Yogesh Bhattarai said in the statement.

However, election code of conduct bars any activities directed towards election campaign, publicity and rallies at the place of election.

"The party also demands the government and local bodies to conduct fair, fair and transparent elections to safeguard people's expression of right to vote," as stated in the statement.

The third phase of local level elections in eight districts of province number 2 is slated on September 18.