Monday, 18 January, 2021

Election on announced date: DPM Pokhrel


By Janarjan Khatri
Sarlahi, Jan. 13: Deputy Prime Minister and secretariat member of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Ishwar Pokhrel has assured that the poll would take place on the scheduled dates against all odds.
Talking to the media persons in Sarlahi on Tuesday, DPM Pokhrel said that the election would be held on April 30 and May 10 as recommended by the government after the dissolution of the House of Representatives.
“Election will take place on the announced dates. There are legal complexities but the Election Commission has already started preparations for the polls,” he said.
“We have held joint talks with the heads of all the four security agencies and the Election Commissioner immediately after the announcement of the elections, so there is no alternative to holding the elections,” said Pokhrel.
He further added that the court’s decision would not affect the election preparation.
“It is the responsibility of the Election Commission to abide by what has been decided by the government in a lawful manner,” he said.
“It is up to court to decide when and how to settle the issues in the court. It does not mean that the preparation for election will not move forward,” he added.
In another context, DPM Pokhrel claimed that crisis had arisen within the party due to the tendency to waver, look for opportunities and move forward by using contradictions.
And this was led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, he added.
The crisis arose when Prachanda tried to walk in the opposite direction by playing within the faction of former UML, Pokhrel said, adding that he had launched a nationwide campaign to inform the general cadres about this.  

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