Parties launch poll campaign in Jhapa district

Jhapa, June 12

With the second round of civic polls just around the corner, political parties in Jhapa district have made their commitment letters public and launched door-to-door campaigns in the district.

The past elections in Jhapa showed that Nepali Congress, CPN-UML, CPN-Maoist Centre and Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal were in the forefront.

Past election results showed keen competition between the NC and UML in the district. It is estimated that the two parties will lead the district if no unpredictable incident takes place.

The political parties are now busy with their campaigns. They have reached voters with written commitments focusing on development activities as their main agenda.

The NC’s Bhadrapur Municipality mayoral candidate Ganesh Pokhrel said voters had sought the main agenda of the party when NC candidates canvassed for votes. “It is all about enthusiasm for elections,” he added. Pokhrel said people wanted to test the candidates, whether they would fulfil their commitments after winning elections.

Nabin Shrestha, the mayoral candidate from the UML in Bhadrapur Municipality, said he was seeking votes from the people with the commitment to develop and make Bhadrapur a prosperous municipality. “I have been meeting voters through door-to-door campaigns with written commitments,” he said. Shrestha added that people were educated and no one could cheat them.

Similarly, the CPN-MC mayoral candidate Shiva Kumar Rajbhandari in Bhadrapur Municipality came up with a 16-point commitment letter, which he made public. Rajbhandari said his party had reached the people with different slogans. He said agriculture, education, health, drinking water, road, youth empowerment, industrial development and environment conservation, among others, were the main agenda.

Likewise, RPP’s mayoral candidate in Bhadrapur Municipality Nawaraj Paneru said the Mechi Bridge would be connected along with the postal highway and the municipality would be made a prosperous municipal. “Bhadrapur will be developed as a transit point of trade and tourism,” he said.

As many as 52 representatives including mayor, deputy mayor, ward chairs and members will be chosen in the municipality.