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Former Secretary Khanal joins NC; NC VP Poudel claims Maoist-led alliance does not want poll


KATHMANDU: Former Finance Secretary Rameshwor Khanal, who is praised as the honest bureaucrat, has formally joined the Nepali Congress (NC) on Monday. Khanal was welcomed to the party by NC President Sushil Koirala amidst a function held at the party headquarter on Monday.

Addressing the welcome function, Khanal stated that he joined the NC acknowledging that it is the only party running as per the principle of rule of law. Nepali Congress has played crucial role in the changes in the country and in the economic development, Khanal stated.

He further assured that he will follow the principles of late NC leader BP Koirala. Khanal had resigned from the post of Secretary during Jhala Nath Khanal-led government in March 2011 following differences with the then Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Bharat Mohan Adhikari. Former Deputy Prime Minister Adhikari received criticism from all walks of life for bypassing Khanal, which has forced him to resign from his post.

Khanal, who has announced that he would not accept any posts from where he receives salary from the state coffer during his resignation, was appointed as the economic advisor by then former Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai later.

UCPN-Maoist, CPN-UML and Nepali Congress have been making their efforts to bring Khanal to their camp but finally NC succeeded to convince him. It is said that Khanal is likely to get ticket for contesting the election of the second constituent assembly from any of the constituencies of Palpa. In recent days Khanal has expressed his desire to contest the election.

Meanwhile, addressing a program in Chitwan, Nepali Congress Vice President Ramchandra Poudel accused the CPN-Maoist of forcefully trying to impose their ideology on the democratic parties.

Leader Poudel further said that the very CPN-Maoist behavior was the reason behind the failure of political consensus among the parties. He went on to claim that the 33-party alliance spearheaded by the CPN-Maoist did not want Constituent Assembly polls.

Reiterating that the slated CA polls for November 19 will not be deferred at any cost, the former Minister opined that the public right of casting votes can’t be foiled under any pretext.

He added that there was no alternative to polls as the best means for addressing the pleas of the 33-party bloc would be through participating at the CA polls.

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