KATHMANDU, Jan 28: A meeting of the ruling coalition is scheduled to discuss local elections on Saturday.
The coalition partners agreed to call Saturday’s meeting during a meeting of the top three leaders of the ruling coalition at the Prime Minister's official residence in Baluwatar on Friday. CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Chairman of the CPN (Unified Socialist) Madhav Kumar Nepal had reached Baluwatar to hold discussion with Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, who is also the President of the ruling Nepali Congress (NC), about the local level poll.
The meeting of the top three leaders decided to meet again on Saturday along with other coalition partners to resolve the confusion regarding the local level elections and agree on a date to hold the poll. The Election Commission (NC) has already recommended to the government an action plan to hold local level elections in April.
Prime Minister Deuba is under pressure to declare the date of local level election anytime soon as the rival faction within the party and the main opposition party, CPN-UML, have demanded announcing the poll date at the earliest. However, coalition partners– CPN (Maoist Center) and CPN (Unified Socialist)-- have been putting pressure on Prime Minister Deuba to defer the poll at least by six months as per the provision in the constitution.