LAHAN, SIRAHA: The main opposition party CPN-UML has claimed first position in the upcoming third phase of local polls taking place in Province 2 slated for September 18.

The claim was made by the party secretary Yogesh Bhattarai in a press meet in Lahan.

Secretary Bhattarai said that the UML would get victory in over 70 seats, out of 136, in Province 2 in the upcoming elections.

He further shared that his party led governments in the past had allocated adequate budgets for the holistic development of Tarai region.

Leader Bhattarai who is also the chief of party publicity department said some forces were plotting conspiracies to defame the party but they won't be successful.