Deuba says elections to institutionalise federal republic

KATHMANDU: Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba has insisted on holding the central, provincial and local level elections within the stipulated time frame to institutionalise the federal republic.

Inaugurating the fourth national general convention of the party-aligned Democratic Teachers' Association, Tribhuvan University here today, the former Prime Minister said January-February were not favourable time for holding the election due to country's geography so all the elections should be held before mid-December.

NC President hoped to get support and cooperation from all quarters to make the upcoming local election a success.

"This association is an intellectual body and it is supposed to suggest its mother party ways for tackling challenges over democracy," leader Deuba asserted, urging it hold the election for a new leadership as the election strengthened democracy.

Similarly, NC senior leader Ramchandra Poudel said foreign meddling heightened in the country and the association should suggest the party a right headway to keep the national unity intact on this backdrop.

Likewise, Defense Minister Balkrishna Khand insisted that university teachers should remain active for the prosperity of an academic sector and to safeguard democracy.

Nepal Teachers' Association President Rameshwor Upadhyay expressed concerns over the party 'support' in the appointments of police chief and ambassadors made on the basis of political sharing.