‘Statute must be amended before polls’

Rajbiraj, April 17

Naya Shakti Party Nepal Coordinator Baburam Bhattarai today argued that local level polls in the present situation would be meaningless. He said, “Elections would be impossible until the demands of the Tarai people — comprising 52 per cent of the country’s population — were addressed.”

Speaking at a function at Bisasnpur of Khadak Municipality in Saptari today, NSPN Coordinator Bhattarai argued that elections would not be possible until the government addressed the demands of the marginalised, Madhesi and ethnic community.

He expressed his party’s solidarity with the ongoing agitation of the United Democratic Madhesi Front. “As the government didn’t heed their demand for amending the constitution, the front didn’t have any alternative but to resort to protest,” argued Bhattarai.

He said the leaders of three major parties wanted to curtail the rights of people. He accused the Election Commission of hatching a conspiracy by not providing election symbol to his party.