JANAKPUR, August 29: With the third phase of local elections just around the corner, leaders and cadres of various political parties have increased their visit to Janakpur to prepare for the polls.
Leaders and cadres of various parties have started making necessary preparations for the polls which have been scheduled for September 18. The prospective candidates for the major posts have intensified their meetings with the leaders of respective political parties for tickets. With just a week left for filing nomination, political parties of eight districts in
Province 2 are still uncertain about the nominees.
According to political experts, Nepali Congress (NC) had to face defeat in earlier phases of local elections due to the delay in selection of candidates. But still, it is repeating the same mistake again which has reduced its chances of winning, experts claim. At this time, when the candidates should be busy wooing voters, they are still not sure whether they will be selected or not.
Meanwhile, CPN-UML is waiting to publicize the name of its candidates only after the NC. "At first, we want NC to reveal the names of its candidates and then we will forward the names of ours," said one of the leaders of CPN-UML.
On Monday, district secretary of CPN-UML Gokarna Bista visited Janakpur. Chairperson of Youth Commission Rajiv Pahari had come here on Saturday. Senior leader of CPN-UML Madhav Kumar Nepal reached Birgunj along with various other leaders of his party on Monday.
On the same day, chairperson of CPN (Maoist Centers) Pushpa Kamal Dahal along with other leaders of the party like Ram Bahadur Thapa, Narayan Kaji Shrestha, Matrika Yadav among others also reached Birgunj for making necessary preparations regarding the elections. The party is planning to conduct a welcome program for the new members of the party on Tuesday.
Some locals have questioned the absence of NC leader Bimalendra Nidhi who was elected from Janakpur.
No leaders of Rastriya Janata Party Nepal and Nepal Loktantrik Forum have reached the district. The high number of aspirants vying for various posts has made it difficult for the parties to choose their candidates.