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UML chairperson directs two factions of YAN to stop parallel program; NC leader Mahat for holding elections at any cost

KATHMANDU: Amid growing rifts within the Youth Association of Nepal (YAN), party’s youth body, the CPN-UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal has directed YAN to halt all the programs of the organization.

Chairman Khanal wrote YAN Chairman Mahesh Basnet and Vice-chairman Jhapat Rawal urging them to stop the YAN gatherings scheduled to be held in Biratnagar and Kathmandu. Basnet group of YAN had called a two-day gathering in Kathmandu starting from Thursday while Rawal group had called the gathering for Friday in the Capital.

Sher Bahadur Tamang, youth In charge of the party, is scheduled to inaugurate YAN’s program in Biratnagar. Meanwhile, YAN, general Secretary, Rajiv Pahari expressed his ignorance about the chairman´s letter and informed that the program would go as per the earlier schedule.

Basnet is close to senior leader of the party KP Sharma Oli, while Rawal is close of party Chairman Khanal. The Basnet group, who is in majority reached to minority after Khanal led faction and senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal led faction of YAN joined hands. The Rawal faction has claimed that they were forced to team up against Basnet as he was involved in irregular activities and has been running the organization with support from criminal dons.

In another incident Central member of the Nepali Congress, Ram Sharan Mahat, has said that the date of the election to the Constituent Assembly (CA) could be postponed if the participation of the CPN-Maoist in the election was guaranteed.

Speaking at a program in Morang on Thursday, leader Mahat said that the CPN-Maoist should discard other 18-point demands if they want postponement of the date of CA election. Stating that CA election would be held at any cost even in adverse situation even if one or the other party does not participate in it, he said that there are such examples in other countries of the world as well.

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