It was simply amazing to witness the great enthusiasm with which leaders of political parties and independent candidates on Tuesday filed their nominations for the first phase, on May 14, of local elections.
Just as it is important for at least the three major political parties to agree on a two-phase election, as proposed by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, it is as important that the three see eye to eye on the timing of the new budget.
Time really does fly. Or it is supposed to when life is good and easy. The folk who escaped largely unscathed, with their families and properties intact, from the April 25, 2015 earthquake, can’t believe it’s already been two years since that fateful day.
Thursday’s merger of six different Madhesi parties to form the Rastriya Janata Party (RJP), to be followed hot on the heels by an understanding between various Madhesi forces and the government on a two-phase election, have been music to the ears of Nepalis.
We are delighted by the news of merger between six small Madhesi parties on Thursday to form the Rastriya Janata Party (RJP). On the same day, Bijaya Kumar Gacchhadar-led Nepal Democratic Forum merged with Tharuhat Tarai Party Nepal.
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal is clearly unhappy with the international community. Speaking before a politburo meet of his party on Tuesday, he disclosed that he was under ‘immense pressure’ to defer the May 14 local election.