KATHMANDU: At a time when poll fever has gripped the country, chairperson of the Interim Election Government Khil Raj Regmi is embarking a 10-day long trip to participate in the 68th Conference of the United Nations on September 20 leaving the preparations for poll behind.
Rather than concentrating on the poll slated for November 19, Chief of the Interim Election Government is embarking the two week-long visit leading the 15 member delegation. Regmi is neglecting the trend that most of the head of the states skip such meetings if the country is facing some crisis. Foreign Minister can lead the delegation in this context.
It is said that Regmi did not hold discussion with the leaders of major political parties about his participation before confirming his participation. Analysts say that participation of Regmi and Home Minister Madhav Ghimire in this critical juncture hint that the government is not serious for holding the elections of the constituent assembly on November 19 as both responsible persons are leaving the country at the same time.
The then Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, who was also holding the portfolio of Foreign Minister, had sent the delegation lead by Finance Minister Mahesh Achayara during such conference in November 1994. The main mandate of the current Interim Election Government is to hold the elections of the constituent assembly on time but Regmi is neglecting the main mandate and making international trip.
The jamboree lead by Regmee include his wife, Foreign Minister Ghimire, Foreign Secretary Arjun Bahadur Thapa, Secretary of the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers Surya Prasad Silwal, Chief Protocol Kali Prasad Pokharel and Joint Secretary of the Foreign Ministry Dipak Dhital, who is also looking the UN desk. Similarly, other members of the delegation are Chief Personal Secretary of Regmi Prakash Regmi, Section Officer of Regmi’s Secretariat Saroj Regmi, two body guards of Regmi and two journalists of Nepal Television.
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