PARASI: As the rebel candidates of the Nepali Congress (NC) did not accept the decision of the party to withdraw their candidacy, the party started taking action against rebel candidates and party leaders supporting such rebel candidates.
On Wednesday NC has taken action against its three rebel candidates by stripping them of their party general membership. NC District Working Committee, Nawalparasi, took action against the dissident candidates after they refused to comply with the request to take back their candidacies for the upcoming CA elections.
The party took action against president of Parasi constituency- 4, Gun Nidhi Tiwari, Radhe Shyam Pathak, of Parasi- 5 and Dinanath Koirala of constituency- 6. According to the party sources, the party was bound to take necessary steps against them after the defiant candidates refused to withdraw their candidacies till late Tuesday evening.
In a press statement on Wednesday, NC Secretary Bishnu Lamichhane said the party statute states that if any one files nomination for local or parliamentary election against the party’s chosen candidate, the defiant candidate will be stripped of general membership.
NC had earlier claimed that it would emerge victorious from the three constituencies but due to the filing of defiant candidacy it has now become a challenge to come on top, a party source said. However rebel candidates have said that they would go ahead with the candidacy as they have full support of the party leadership.
Meanwhile, Minister for Home Affairs, Madhav Prasad Ghimire has said that the government is committed to holding free and fair election to the second Constituent Assembly (CA). Inaugurating the Regional Security Seminar on CA election in Bharatpur on Wednesday, Minister Ghimire said that works are underway to take the Integrated Security Plan to lower bodies by preparing it for election security.
Stating that polling booths targeted security strategy has already been prepared; he clarified that 10,017 polling booths would be safe from it. The Home Minister further said that roles of all would be important for the CA election.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Election Commissioner Nil Kantha Upreti, expressed the determination that the Election Commission (EC) would leave no stone unturned to hold the second CA election. Upreti further said that the government has made a complete preparation on how to make the CA election safer. The government has decided even to provide personal security officers to the candidates, who feel security threat in course of the election.
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