Pokhara, November 7
Nepali Congress Vice-president Bimalendra Nidhi has called on his party cadres and supporters to vote for their party candidate in Kaski-2 in the upcoming by-election.
“It’s true that the Nepali Congress was embroiled in factionalism in the past, but now it’s over. The party through its fair selection of election candidate has given a clear message that factionalism is over. It’s high time voters trusted the party and elected its candidate this time,” said the leader.
“It took some time for us to pick our candidate, but we’ve chosen the right candidate. NC’s victory is sure if all party cadres are united,” he said while addressing an election meeting organised after NC’s Khemraj Poudel registered his candidacy today.
“Though Poudel’s victory in the election won’t affect the government, it still holds significance as it will be indicative of people’s impression of the government and its performance,” said Nidhi. “Late Rabindra Adhikari once shared with me that he had won from here because of the votes of NC cadres. NC cadres have no liberty to vote for other party candidates this time,” he said.
NC former speaker of the house Taranath Ranabhat accused the communist party-led government of pushing the country towards darkness and said there was no option to NC victory, at least to redress the mistakes of the present government. “Selection of a senior and sincere party cadre like Poudel has definitely sent a message that the party has now got rid of factionalism,” he said.
On the occasion, the NC candidate spoke of his contribution to development of the country as the strong basis for his victory. “I’ve filed my candidacy to win,” he said, adding, he would move ahead as per the election strategy of his party district committee. Prior to the meeting, a procession had reached the Chief Election Officer’s office to file the nomination.
A version of this article appears in print on November 08, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.