NC to forge electoral alliance with all forces except UML: Leader Saud

KATHMANDU: Nepali Congress leader Narayan Prakash Saud has said the party is preparing to forge electoral alliance with all political forces except CPN-UML in the third phase of local level elections in province number 2 on September 18.

Speaking at an interaction programme in the Capital on Monday, NC leader Saud said, preparations are underway to forge electoral alliance with major political forces in the Terai region.

He further said, NC has given top priority to Rastriya Janata Party Nepal for the cause. "CPN-Maoist Centre and other Madhes-based political parties could form electoral alliance," Saud clarified.

Former Irrigation Minister NP Saud also informed that the former DPM and Home Minister Bimalendra Nidhi is holding talks with the presidium of RJP Nepal for forging election alliance for the upcoming local polls in eight districts in province number 2.

PM Deuab is also set to hold talks with the presidium of RJPN for the same cause, leader Saud shared.

He also clarified that the Madhes is stronghold areas of Nepali Congress and urged that NC would emerge victorious as number one party in the local polls.

Speaking on a different note, leader Saud also stressed that recent PM Deuba visit to India was successful and historic one as he was the only leader after BP Koirala to speak about national interest issues with Indian counterpart.

He further said PM Deuba have not put on signatures on any agreement against national interest as rumored in the market.

Similarly, UML leader Ananad Prasad Pokharel speaking on the same programme, reaffirmed UML instance on contesting the local polls on its own.

He said UML is capable and would emerge victorious in the local polls on September 18 and clarified that UML won't forge any election alliance with any political parties in the elections.

He accused PM Deuba of sharing internal issues of constitution amendment bill to his Indian counterpart and termed it as unfortunate. He also said that PM Deuba had invited India to interfere in its internal issues.

However, he also said that UML is not against India, but want to maintain equality relationship with the neighbour.

Meanwhile, CPN-Maoist Centre leader Devendra Paudel said the party is holding talks with the Federal Socialist Forum, Rastriya Janata Party Nepal, Nepal Democratic Forum for electoral alliance in the local polls.

However, Paudel said it was not practical of PM Deuba discussing Nepal's internal affairs with his Indian counter part Narendra Modi.

Earlier, PM Deuba had left to India on a five-day official state visit at the invitation of PM Narendra Modi.

PM Deuba returned home after completing his state visit, yesterday.