Local election set to be held in two stages
The government looks set to hold the local election in two stages even though it was announced to be held on May 14 due to the latest political developments.
"The government is preparing to hold election in two stages whether the Madhesi Front participates or boycotts it," a top government source told Setopati.
The government had registered a new constitution amendment bill in the parliament on Tuesday after withdrawing the amendment bill that was under consideration in the parliament to address the demands of the Madhesi Front and to bring them on board for the local election.
The source added that election can be held in the second stage in Provinces 2 and 5 and some other parts if the new bill were passed. The government feels the amendment bill can be easily passed with support of CPN-UML as the issue of provincial demarcation has been removed from the bill and it now will be settled through a federal commission.
A leader, involved in the dialogue with UML and the Madhesi Front, said the government feels even the failure to pass the bill can be made an election agenda to single out the parties that derailed the bill.
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal speaking at the Good Governance Committee of the parliament on Tuesday had said election can be held in some parts of the country in second stage even after the scheduled date of May 14 after forging consensus among parties.
Federal Alliance, UDMF withdraw all protest programs
The Federal Alliance and United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) have withdrawn all the protest programs which they had announced earlier. “The joint meeting of FA and Madhesi Front has called off withdrawn all the protest programs following the agreement reached with the government late Saturday,” said Co-chairman of Federal Socialist Forum Rajendra Shrestha.
No poll after budget: UML
The parliamentary party meeting of CPN-UML Sunday afternoon has concluded that the local election cannot be held after the annual budget is presented in the parliament. The meeting, that ended shortly after the Cabinet decided to hold the polls on May 14 and June 14, has decided that the party will not accept presentation of the annual budget in a way to influence the election.
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- House meeting postponed for Monday
- Local election on May 14 and June 14
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