Rautahat, September 12
With the date of third round of local level elections approaching in Province 2, candidates and their activists have intensified their election publicity campaign in the eight districts of Tarai of late.
As many as 4,457 candidates are contesting for a total of 821 positions in all the 18 local units of Rautahat for the polls. Of late, the candidates of all the forces contesting the polls have been intensifying their door-to-door canvassing.
Senior leaders of major forces including Madhav Kumar Nepal of the CPN-UML, Prakash Sharan Mahat of Nepali Congress, Upendra Yadav, chairperson of Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal, Urban Development Minister Prabhu Sah, Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal presidium member Anil Kumar Jha, among others also are engaged in door-to-door campaigns.
RJP-N activists can be seen painting their bodies with the election symbol of their party at Garuda.
CPN-UML mayoral candidate Shambhu Sah Kanu of Gaur Municipality, RJP-N’s Ajaya Gupta, Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal’s Gauri Shankar Prasad Yadav, Nepal Democratic Forum’s Archana Yadav, among other prospective candidates, are busy with door-to-door campaigning from early morning till late evening.
Nepali Congress Mayoral candidate Dhirendra Singh for Rajdevi Municipality, CPN-Maoist Centre’s Rajesh Sah, CPN-UML’s Bhikhari Ray Yadav, Forum Nepal’s Rameshwor Ray Yadav and RJP-N’s Anil Kumar Singh are also been canvassing voters.
The voters also seem tired of lofty promises and rhetorical assurances of candidates. However, all the voters have a common wish — a charismatic leader. “Some voters seem silent. They don’t want to be influenced by candidates,” said a local.
A version of this article appears in print on September 13, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.