Polls inevitable for democratic republicanism: Deuba

KATHMANDU: Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba on Saturday has stated that elections are inevitable for strengthening federal democratic republic in the country.

Speaking at a press meet organised by Nepali Congress's Central Publicity Coordination Committee at the party office in Sanepa, Deuba asserted, "Nepali Congress will shoulder the responsibility of implementing the constitution that was promulgated during its leadership."

Deuba, also the former Prime Minister, expressed his confidence that the CPN-UML, the main opposition, would also cooperate in the constitution amendment process.

He is also confident that the NC will get thumping majority in the upcoming local level elections as in the second constituent assembly election in 2013.

Responding to the queries of the media persons on the formation of new government to be led by NC, Deuba replied, "Everything will be based on the consensus."

On the occasion, senior leader Ram Chandra Paudel argued that the NC should win with a majority so as to ensure rural development by taking on board the Dalits, indigenous, Muslims and marginalised communities.

Paudel further claimed that it is the NC that could usher the country in the path of prosperity as it had already led many groundbreaking political movements in the past.

He spoke of the need to hold the elections by bringing on board Madhes-centric political parties.

Similarly, Committee's Coordinator and NC Central Committee Member and Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Ramesh Lekhak said that the NC, as the largest party in the Parliament, was taking the lead to ensure that all the political parties come on board and contest in the upcoming polls.

Health Minister Gagan Kumar Thapa, hitting out at the UML, remarked that the UML's stance of country's self-pride was creating problems to hold elections.

He also clarified that the provincial boundaries could be delineated but when it comes to the boundary of a county, there will not be any compromise.

The Minister said that the upcoming elections are crucial to empowering people at local levels and pressed for flexibility from all the political parties to address the political impasse.