PM dispels doubts about polls

Kathmandu, March 21

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal today sought to dispel any doubt lawmakers of his party, CPN-Maoist Centre, had about the local level elections slated for May 14.

Addressing a meeting of the CPN-MC parliamentary party held at Singha Durbar, PM Dahal, who is also the chairman of CPN-MC, termed those who questioned whether or not the elections would be held on May 14 ‘opportunists’.

“Elections have already been announced. The entire country is gearing up for them,” he said, while asking CPN-MC lawmakers to make local elections, being held after two decades, successful. He also briefed CPN-MC parliamentary party about his efforts to bring Madhesi parties on board the elections.

He said the government was serious about addressing the concerns of agitating Madhesi and indigenous communities and efforts were being made to amend certain provisions in the constitution other than demarcation of provincial boundaries before local level elections to address the genuine concerns of agitating parties.

He also told the meeting that a commission would be formed to delineate boundaries before provincial and federal elections.

PM Dahal also informed the CPN-MC PP about the agenda of his upcoming China visit.

It was the first meeting of the CPN-MC PP after Dahal became the PM heading the Nepali Congress-CPN-MC coalition government.

Earlier in the meeting, CPN-MC lawmakers, who were given charge of leading the party’s poll campaign in seven provinces, presented their reports, according to Tek Bahadur Basnet, the party’s chief whip.

He said the meeting would resume at 8:00am on March 23 and the PM would address the concerns raised in today’s meeting.