Statute amendment not relevant now, says UML leader Pokharel

Bara, August 4

CPN-UML General Secretary Ishwor Pokharel today said the completion of the upcoming third phase of civic polls would be the first step towards implementing the new constitution in the country.

Speaking at a press meet organised by Bara UML Publicity Department in Simara, he blamed the ruling Nepali Congress, CPN-Moist Centre and Madhes-based parties for having to hold local level elections in three phases.

“A constitution is not an immutable document. If any amendment to the constitution is justifiable, CPN UML is ready for it,” said Pokharel.

He argued that the proposal of the ruling parties on statute amendment was not relevant at a time when the country was holding local level elections. He also criticised Madhes-based parties, saying they lacked a long-term vision.

The UML leader said the names of party candidates for the posts of chiefs and deputy chiefs in as many as 127 local units of Province 2 had been finalised and that the party would pick the remaining candidates within a few days.

He said that his party had been in talks to forge electoral alliance with Rastriya Janata Party and other political forces for the elections in Province 2. He also claimed that there was strong unity in the party.


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