PM reiterates polls will be held on April 10

Says all agitating groups will be brought to talks table

Kathmandu, March 1:

Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala today reiterated his commitment to hold the Constituent Assembly election on April 10.

PM Koirala said that the election would not be deferred even by a day and that it would bring the ongoing peace process to a logical end.

In a meeting with representatives of the International Trade Union Confederation at his official residence in Baluwatar this morning, he said that the government would hold the historic election on the stipulated date.

President of Nepal Trade Union Congress, a trade union affiliated to the Nepali Congress party, Laxman Basnet, who was present during today’s meeting, quoted PM Koirala as saying that the seven-party government was committed to restoring peace and stability by writing a new constitution through the Constituent Assembly.

The Prime Minister, who is contesting the election under the Proportional Representation system, also expressed the hope of bringing all agitating factions, including the armed groups operating in the Tarai, to the talks table to ensure a meaningful election. “I am confident the armed factions would agree to sit for talks and come to a logical conclusion,” he added.

A day after Maoist supremo Prachanda said Nepal would witness ‘a miracle’ in one-and-a-half months, PM Koirala said Nepal would witness newness in everything after the CA polls. “Everything will be new in the new Nepal,” Koirala told the delegation led by the International Trade Union Confederation general secretary Guy Ryder, currently here to attend the national conference of the Nepal Trade Union Congress.