DHANKUTA: At a time when the leaders of the political parties have been making hue and cry for security seat for the election of the constituent assembly and some leaders even changing the political parties to secure their seat, former Prime Minister and Chairman of Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP), Surya Bahadur Thapa, has said he will not be contesting the upcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) elections.
Addressing a program in Dhankuta, the home district of former Prime Minister, Thapa said he took such decision due to health conditions. “The election demands immense physical and mental labor, so, I could not contest the elections because of age and health reasons in spite of my desire,” Thapa added.
A meeting of the party’s parliamentary committee convened on Thursday had recommended Thapa’s name from Dhankuta Constituency-2 under First-Past-The-Post (FPTP) system. He said that he has decided to make his son Sunil Bahadur Thapa the heir to his candidacy and requested all to support his son.
Meanwhile, former Minister and Nepali Congress Mahasamiti member Khemraj Bhatta ‘Mayalu’ and former UML parliamentarian Dhrubaraj Lamsal have joined UCPN-Maoist on Tuesday.
Chairperson of UCPN-Maoist Pushpa Kamal Dahal welcomed the two leaders at a function organized in the Capital. Speaking at the program, Chairman Dahal said the major task at hand was to successfully conduct the CA election and urged everyone to move ahead for the same.
UCPN-Maoist has been bringing leaders of different political parties by giving different promises. There is great dissatisfaction in the Maoist party for giving responsibility to new comers leaving behind the leaders, who fought the decade long armed insurgency, which claimed the lives of over 13 thousand people.
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