KATHMANDU: As the four major political parties have decided to go ahead for the election of the constituent assembly despite opposition from the alliance of 33 political parties, a meeting of different political parties on Tuesday appealed President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav to create a favorable environment for the roundtable conference to settle the disputed issues among the parties.
The meeting held at the central office of CPN-ML stressed on the need for creating a favorable atmosphere so that all the political parties could take part in the upcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) election. The leaders have said that the CA election should have representation of all the political parties to have ownership over the new constitution.
Issuing a joint press statement they emphasized on making maximum efforts to involve all the parties especially those associated with the decade-long armed conflict in the November 19 election and called for holding roundtable conference for the same.
CPN (ML) General Secretary CP Mainali, CPN (Masal) General Secretary Mohan Bikram Singh, Janamorcha Nepal General Secretary Sadhya Bahadur Bhandari, CPN (Marxist) politburo member Achyut Raj Gyawali, Rastriya Janamorcha central member Ram Prakash Puri, Samajbadi Janata Party Chairman Hikmat Bahadur Gyawali, Chure Bhawar Rastriya Ekata Party central member Mani Acharya, Janata Dal Nepal Chairman Ram Kumar Ojha, CPN (Unified) politburo member Mohammed Abbas and CPN (Ekata Revolutionary)’s spokesperson Himlal Puri made the appeal.
Meanwhile, pro-royalist, the Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal (RPP-Nepal) has moved the Supreme Court against the Election Commission over the placement of party’s electoral symbol in the ballot.
In its writ petition, the party has mentioned that the party’s electoral symbol—cow—has been placed at the ninth position in the ballot though the RPP-N was registered at the EC in the third number. The party sought the apex court’s intervention and cancellation of the EC decision, arguing that it was unfair and against the existing practice.
The CPN-UML, UCPN-Maoist and RPP-N were the first three parties to register at the EC for the forthcoming Constituent Assembly elections on April 30. The party has alleged the EC for being biased in the placement of the party symbol in the ballot paper. There was a clash between cadres of UCPN-Maoist and CPN-UML over registering the party as the first party in the commission.
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