SURKHET, April 29: With the local elections now just 15 days away, candidates vying for the mayoral posts in various local units of Surkhet have started making their election manifestos public.
So far, only the district chapter of the ruling CPN (Maoist Centre) and an independent candidate have publicized their manifestos for the elections at Birendranagar Municipality. Other parties are expected o follow suit soon.
In his manifesto, independent candidate for the post of mayor, Gehendra Prasad Dahal has pledged to make Birendranagar a dynamic city. Similarly, he has also pledged to construct a cable car at Kakre Bihar-Ranimatta.
In the manifesto of the Maoist Centre, the party's mayoral candidate Ratna Bahadur Gahamagar has pledged to provide employment to 15,000 youths within five years and further promised to make the city free of drug addiction. The 14-point manifesto includes promise to provide interest-free loans to, promise to build an Information Technology (IT) Park, and free wifi facilities throughout the municipality.
Gahamagar has promised to implement the promises made in the manifesto within five years. “We are only listing things that are achievable in our manifesto. From making Birendranagar the country's first city to be open 24/7 to making free wifi available, the promises will be fulfilled,” he said.
In the manifesto, he further pledges to promote commercial vegetable farming, animal husbandry, agriculture promotion, industrialization, free education, among others. Similarly, he has also pledged to construct a modern bus park, build pedestrian bridges at the main chowks, and build parking lots in the city.
The independent candidate Dahal has promised to create jobs while developing agriculture, city infrastructure, city management, education, arts, culture, health, sports and tourism.