Poll fever grips Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand, March 16:

Sister wings of Nepali political parties are encouraging Nepalis living in Uttarakhand state to take part in the constituent assembly (CA) polls.

With the objective of making the Nepalis living here aware of the polls, the sister wings of political parties initiated door-to-door campaigns in the state

on the occasion of the founding day of the CPN(UML)-affiliated All India Nepali Independent Students’ Union (AINISU) at Gayetri Building in Hardwar last week.

Over 500 students, employees and workers of Hardwar and adjoining areas attended the founding day programme.

Saying that over 20,000 Nepalis have been living in Hardwar, AINISU city committee chairman Sumanta Pokhrel said they are organising poll-related programmes every day.

“Since Hardwar is a hub for Nepalis working in Uttarakhand, we have deputed a team to meet the Nepalis in the local bus park and make the latter aware of the polls,” Pokhrel said. With the objective of raising awareness on the polls, the AINISU held a students’ festival here recently. Some 5,000 students attended the festival.

Nepalis living in Dehradun, the capital city of Uttarakhand, are also talking about the CA polls, these days. Non-resident Nepalis have launched an awareness campaign on the CA polls at the Gadhi area. “The campaign aims to send Nepalis to Nepal to cast votes,” teacher at the Cambrian Hall School in Dehradun Purusottam Gautam said.

Lokendra BC, 25, who hails from Arunkhola in Nawalparasi district, said he will return to Nepal to cast vote. BC has been working as a waiter at Hotel Deepshikha at Rajpur Road.

“A poll-related awareness campaign will be launched in Pithauragarh, Almoda, Paudigadhwal, Gadhwal, Udhamsinghnagar, Haldwani, Nainital and Ranikhet areas,” the AINISU said.