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Army to be mobilized for election security; Indian Ambassador criticized for breaching diplomatic norm


KATHMANDU: With the 33-political parties opting not to participate in the elections of the Constituent Assembly citing various differences, the government has decided to mobilize army and hold the election on November 19 at any cost.

The poll-opposing parties have been preparing to go for the election if Chairperson of the Interim Election Government Khil Raj Regmi resigns from the post of the Chief Justice but rather than resigning from the post Regmi is preparing to hold the election at any cost even by mobilizing the army.

The meeting of the National Defense Council held on Tuesday has decided to mobilize the army for the election even without informing President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav, who is supreme commander of the Nepali Army. The decision was taken at a time when the President is trying to bring dissenting parties on the electoral process.

According to Defense Ministry Source Chairperson of Interim Election Government Regmi and Chief of Army Staff Gaurav Shumsher Rana has been mulling to mobilize the army for election security based on the ‘Integrated Security Plan-2070’ endorsed by the Central Security Committee. Tuesday’s meeting of the National Defense Council decided to mobilize army for election security based on the Integrated Security Plan even without seeking consent of President Dr. Yadav. As per the constitutional provision Nepal Government can mobilize the army as per the recommendation of National Defense Council.

Newly appointed Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae held consultation with the chairperson of Interim Election Government Regmi and Chief of Army Staff Rana about mobilizing the army for security of the election. The act of newly appointed Indian Ambassador is taken as the breach of diplomatic norms.

Meanwhile, a statement issued by the Ministry of Defense informed that the meeting of the National Defense Council held on September 17 has decided to mobilize Army to conduct the election of the constituent assembly slated for November 19 in a peaceful manner.

The statement issued by joint secretary of the Ministry Dwarika Prasad Acharya informed that the army was not mobilized in the first election of CA due to some provisions of the Comprehensive peace agreement. The statement further said that the Council will submit the decision to mobilize army for election security to the government for approval.

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