Local poll votes do not reflect current ground reality: Khand

Published On: November 9, 2017 05:30 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Nov 9: Coordinator of Nepali Congress (NC) Election Mobilization Committee Bal Krishna Khand has claimed that NC would get easily get majority seats in the upcoming parliamentary and provincial assembly polls. 

Organizing the first press conference at the party's headquarter in Sanepa a day after the formation of the Committee on Wednesday, Khand also dismissed the claim of leftist alliance to secure two-thirds majority seats in the upcoming polls. 

"Nepali Congress has fielded its candidates in 154 of the total 165 constituencies for the federal parliament and 310 of the total 310 provincial assembly constituencies," he said. "Among them, we will easily secure majority even if we secure victory in at least 55 percent of the constituencies."

Khand claimed that the UML and the Maoist Center, which have fielded candidates in 60 percent and 40 percent constituencies respectively, have no chance of securing two-thirds majority. He also argued that the votes secured in the local elections do not reflect present ground reality.

Khand also said that since NC will have additional advantage under proportional representation (PR) electoral system as NC has fielded candidates in maximum number of constituencies. "We will have our own PR votes and will also benefit from the PR votes secured by other parties that fail to secure minimum threshold," he further said, adding that the UML and Maoist Center are likely to received unpredicted results in the upcoming polls.

On the occasion, Khand claimed that the leftist parties are trying to use the country as a laboratory for experiment at a time when efforts are underway to take the country toward political stability and prosperity after successful promulgation of the new constitution. 
Khand also accused leftist parties of trying to attract votes by raising hollow slogans about nationalism. He maintained that Nepal's territorial integrity won't be strengthened under communist rule as they are trying to create ethnic discord.
Also, speaking on the occasion, joint coordinator of the party's Election Mobilization Committee Badri Pandey said the remarks by UML Chairman KP Oli that even parliamentary democracy is not a system without any alternative has created suspicion over the leftist parties' commitment to democracy. He also argued that the leftist parties are trying to push the country toward further instability by demanding executive presidential system.

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