Polls date will be announced within a couple of days : PM Dahal

Published On: December 22, 2016 08:29 AM NPT By: DIL BAHADUR CHHATYAL

DHANGADHI, Dec 22: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Wednesday said that the government would announce date for the polls within a couple of days.  

The prime minister did not elaborate whether the date for the polls would be for local or parliamentary elections. Parties are at odds over whether to hold local polls or parliamentary elections. 

Speaking to reporters in Udasipur of Kailali district, PM Dahal said the government would not withdraw constitution amendment bill from the parliament but announce the date for the polls after having discussions with major parties.  

"We are in process of announcing the date for the polls after having discussions among the major political parties,” said the prime minister, adding, "Efforts are on to seek solution within a couple of days." 

PM Dahal said that the government was working to address demands raised by Madhesis, Janajatis and Tharus regarding new constitution for creating a conducive environment for the elections.  

"There is no possibility of withdrawing the amendment proposal. And that should not even happen," said Dahal, adding, "The amendment bill will be endorsed by the parliament."

Asked if the Supreme Court could order to withdraw the proposal from the parliament, Dahal said that the court will not affect the ongoing parliamentary process.  He said the parties will resolve political deadlock through a package deal. The package deal, according to the premier, will include constitution amendment proposal, impeachment of suspended CIAA chief Lokman Singh Karki and the announcement of the date for the polls.

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