KATHMANDU: As the election date is approaching, leaders of different political parties have been reiterating their call to the leaders of dissenting parties to take part in the elections of the Constituent Assembly (CA) slated for November 19.
Nepali Congress senior leaders Sher Bahadur Deuba and Ram Chandra Poudel have separately urged the CPN-Maoist led by Mohan Baidya to participate in the Constituent Assembly polls, so that a broad national consensus could be established. The 33-party alliance led by CPN-Maoist has been opposing polls and warning of running different programs to thwart the proposed elections.
Addressing a program in Kathmandu, Deuba said it is irrelevant for the CPN-Maoist to still oppose the polls slated for November 19 this year. “I call upon CPN-Maoist to quit election boycott policy. At the same, it is pretty clear that they have no right to disrupt the poll, though they can boycott it,” Deuba said.
Deuba called the poll opposing bloc to come to the elections for bringing derailed democracy back in the track. The four major political parties and some other fringe parties have been expediting the preparations for the upcoming CA election. The parties are busy in finalizing the election manifesto and picking the candidates for the upcoming poll.
Similarly, speaking at a separate program in Pokhara, NC leader Ram Chandra Poudel said polls will be held at any cost, even when Baidya groups do not ensure their participation.”We still request them to take part in the national election. If they prefer not to agree with us, elections cannot be deferred on any pretext,” Poudel said.
Poudel further warned that CA election will happen on the scheduled calendar at any cost and no force can stop the election. “If anyone tried to disrupt the election then the people will chase them away,” he added. He also claimed that the new constituent assembly will promulgate the new constitution within a year. The first constituent assembly failed to promulgate new constitution within four years and got dissolved autometically.
The NC leader said that his party will form the Election Booth Security Committee to conduct the election in free, fair and peaceful manner at a time when the poll-opposing parties are aiming to foil the election.
Earlier, the talks between the major parties and an alliance of 33 smaller parties led by CPN-Maoist could not succeed, as the latter did not buzz from its previous demand of poll postponement and change of government. The four major parties maintained that they were flexible but were not in a position to agree with those two demands of the smaller parties.
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