PM himself an obstacle to polls, says Paudel

Kathmandu, January 30

Senior leader of Nepali Congress Ramchandra Paudel today said that Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal himself was an obstacle to local polls.

Speaking with mediapersons at Tribhuvan International Airport while returning home from Seoul, South Korea, Paudel alleged that the PM was not serious about holding local polls.

Paudel said that conducive environment for polls could not be prepared due to the PM’s decision to announce election dates only after forging consensus with the agitating forces.

He said the CPN-UML’s  protest over the constitution amendment bill, Madhesi parties’ reservation on the local polls and PM’s decision to announce election dates only after forging consensus with all stakeholders  were obstacles in the  implementation of the constitution. “Local polls should be the first priority,” he said, adding that the government needed to announce poll dates by February first week.

Paudel said all elections: local, provincial and parliamentary were possible if the polls of local bodies could be held in April-May. He said that provincial and parliamentary elections could be held together in November-December.