UML leaders stress on timely elections

KATHMANDU/ILAM: CPN-UML leaders stressed on holding elections in three tiers -- local, provincial and federal -- as per the mandate of Nepal's Constitution.

Speaking at a programme organised by Ilam-Kathmandu Liaison Committee on the occasion of 38th Memorial Day of martyr Ratna Kumar Bantawa in the Capital today, UML leader and former Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal warned that the political transition will prolong if the elections are not held on time.

Likewise, unveiling the busts of martyrs Ratna Kumar Bantawa and Bam Prasad Bantawa at Chamaita in Ilam district today, UML General Secretary Ishwar Pokhrel and Deputy Leader of UML Parliamentary Party Subas Nembang also emphasised on timely elections.

Pokhrel said the political achievements made so far will be lost unless the Constitution is fully implemented through the election.

He also said the Mechi-Mahakali campaign that the party conducted recently has increased the party's support base.

Nembang reiterated that the local level elections will take place on May 14 at any cost.

"This election should not be deferred at all since it will empower the Madhesis, indigenous nationalities, women and the people of all castes, classes and communities," he added.

Khanal also said that his party is planning to run vocational education institution in the name of Bantawa who was martyred while protesting the then Panchyat regime.