'Local-level polls will be held even without Madhesi parties'

Published On: April 14, 2017 05:16 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, April 14: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Federal Affairs and Local Development Kamal Thapa has said that the government is all set to hold local-level election even if the agitating Madhesi parties do not partake in it.

Speaking at an interaction organized by Reporters Club Nepal in the capital on Friday, Minister Thapa said that the government had registered the constitution amendment bill in line with the five-point deal reached with the Madhes-based parties.

“They have made a grave mistake by rejecting the bill. They have to rethink their decision,” said Thapa.

Referring to the three-party meeting held at Baluwatar, Thapa said that the government is trying to bring the Madhesi parties on board the local-level elections until the last minute.

Thapa Further said that Nepal Congress, CPN (Maoist Center) and Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) have already reached an understating to go for local elections even in the absence of Madhesi parties.

According to the new agreement, Article 274 of the constitution will amended, the issue of provincial boundaries will be resolved through the formation of a federal commission and the number of local bodies will be increased based on population.


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