KATHMANDU, August 26: A day after the party's presidium officially decided to take part in the upcoming elections, Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) on Friday formed a six-member election manifesto drafting committee for the third phase of the local election scheduled for September 18 in Province 2.
According to the committee's member Keshav Jha, the committee has been entrusted with the responsibility to submit a draft of the party's manifesto within the next five days. Other members of the Committee include Jitendra Sonal, Manish Suman, Harendra Yadav, CP Singh and Kaushalendra Mishra.
A meeting of the RJPN presidium had formed the committee on Friday in view of the fast-approaching third phase of the local polls in Province 2. “We will prepare the manifesto keeping in view the problems seen at the local level. The recent floods have broken road links, and damaged houses and other physical infrastructures. We will focus on the issues faced by the local people in our manifesto,” said Jha.
RJPN had earlier demanded formation of a separate reconstruction authority to address the displacements caused by floods in the tarai. Jha said the demand will be incorporated in their manifesto. “Sustainable solution to the flood and conservation of Chure will be among the issues in their manifesto,” he told Republica.
In a press meet organized after the meeting of the presidium held at the party office on Thursday, the party had announced to take part in the elections. The party has decided to pick bicycle as its election symbol for the upcoming elections.
The decision of RJPN came in the wake of parliament failing to secure requisite two-third majority votes in the parliament in favor of the amendment bill. The main opposition CPN-UML and its allies had voted against the amendment bill put to vote by the ruling parties.
Local-level elections have already been held in all seven provinces except for Province 2. After holding the third phase of the local polls in Province 2 on September 18, the government plans to hold provincial and federal polls simultaneously on November 26.
As the party gears up preparations to take part in all the upcoming elections, RJPN on Thursday also decided to deploy eight leaders as the central monitors of the party to select local poll candidates. Jha said they expect to come up with the list of party's candidates for the local poll in all eight districts by August 30.