Leaders coming back home after years!

Dipayal, March 3:

Leaders of several political parties, who had left their villages during the conflict or after the elections in 1999, have now begun coming to their villages, sometimes for the first time in years, thanks to the upcoming election to the constituent assembly. Houses belonging to ministers, parliamentarians and former ministers from the far-western region, which were destroyed by the Maoists during the conflict or deserted for years, are now being repaired. Maoist leaders, who deny owning any private house or land, have also started returning to their birthplaces.

“By doing this, the political leaders want to show the innocent villagers that they have returned their village because they love their birthplace,” Sobhan Singh Rawal, a local of Doti Gadasera, said.

Nepali Congress leader Bhakta Bahadur Balayer, who won election from Doti constituency number 1 and became a minister several times, is having his deserted ancestral home at Doti Latamandaun, repaired. His family has been living in Kathmandu. Siddha Ojha of Nepali Congress who won election thrice from Doti constituency number 2 and now is a candidate for the CA polls, said he is thinking of repairing his ancestral home at Doti Gadasera. Many leaders, including former prime minister and NC senior leader Sher Bahadur Deuba, had left their homes in custody of their relatives. CPN-Maoist leader Khem Bahadur Bam, a candidate from constituency number 2, had his home at Doti Mannakapadi repaired. He, however, has already migrated in Udasipur of Kailali.

A local Hem Bahadur Hamal said: “The villagers would not believe the leaders simply because they have returned to their villages.

Most of the political leaders have returned to villages from Kathmandu for the first time after winning the 2056 election.” However, the political leaders claimed that they have returned to the villages not only to win the CA election.