BHARATPUR: At a time when there is slim chance for holding the elections of the Constituent Assembly (CA) on November 19 with the leaders of High Level Political Committee (HLPC) rejecting the offer of poll opposing 33-party alliance led by CPN-Maoist to hold the round-table conference, Nepali Congress (NC) President Sushil Koirala has claimed that the alliance demanded round-table conference just to foil the CA election.
Talking to journalists in Bharatpur on Saturday, Koirala said that it would not be possible to hold the elections of the constituent assembly on November 19 if the political parties involve in round-table conference. “We have asked the poll-opposing parties to do homework for the next 2-4 days,” he said. He also made it clear that the round-table conference is just an attempt to delay the elections and if the election was delayed the country will move into huge crisis.
President Koirala warned that the country will face great crisis if the slated polls were deferred.”The polls will take place at any cost. Postponing CA election would be no less than inviting crisis,” he added.
The NC President claimed that the agitating CPN-Maoist will eventually join the November polls. He, however, said that the all-party conference, as advocated by the agitating 33-party alliance, would not ensure the polls.
He went on to claim that the election would take place on the slated date, preliminary draft of the constitution would be ready after six months of polls and that the new constitution would be drafted within a year.
Meanwhile, addressing a program in Bhaktapur, senior leader of the CPN-UML K.P. Sharma Oli has claimed that the CA election would be held on November 19 even if the agitating CPN-Maoist-led alliance did not take part in it.
“Now we cannot wait for Mohan Baidhya-led alliance to join the election process. The election would take place even if some political parties do not join the election fray,” Oli added.
He also asserted that no constitution could be promulgated unless the UML became the largest party. According to him, the dissolved CA could not bring out new constitution because UCPN-Maoist was the largest party then.
At today’s function, Oli welcomed 100 people who defected to the UML from various parties including Nepali Congress and Rastriya Prajatantra Party.
The major political parties UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress and CPN-UML have been claiming that they would emerge as the largest party in the second elections of the constituent assembly. The parties have been claiming that it would not be possible to draft the new constitution if they do not emerge as the largest party in the upcoming constituent assembly. Even the royalist parties like RPP-Nepal have been claiming to receive sizeable position in the upcoming elections of the constituent assembly.
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