Supreme Court summons RJP-N and govt for discussions on Thursday

KATHMANDU: The Supreme Court on Monday summoned the agitating Rastriya Janata Party Nepal and the government before giving a final verdict over a writ filed to stop the second round of local polls in 11 districts in the Terai region on June 28.

A single bench of Justice Om Prakash Aryal asked both the parties to present their views before giving a final verdict on June 22.

The writ petition was filed by the Advocate Supanil Kumar Patel to halt the second round of civic polls in 11 districts  in province number 2 and 5 in the Terai region.

The second round of local level elections are going to be held on June 28 at 334 local units of Province number 1, 5 and 7 in 35 districts.

According to Election Commission, there are 6, 432, 765 eligible voters, who will elect a total of 15, 038 representatives in the second phase of the local elections scheduled for June 28.

There are 8, 364 polling centres and 4, 581 polling stations.

However, the RJP-N has announced their programmes to obstruct and foil the second round of local polls until their demands are addressed by the incumbent government before the June 28 local level elections.

RJP-N have been demanding the constitution amendment, increase of local bodies and withdrawal of fake cases against their cadres. However, the government and the main opposition UML have remained adamant to amend the constitution only after the local polls.

Earlier, the government and RJP-N had agreed to deffer the local polls on province number 2 on September 18.