KHOTANG, April 18: The parties in Khotang district have been facing difficulty finalizing the list of their candidates for the local polls slated for May 14 following unprecedented surge in the number of candidate aspirants.
The candidate aspirants range from an ordinary person to an person who contested the general election in the past.
Govinda Chamling, the unsuccessful contestant in the general election held in 1994 and the former vice-president of District Development Committee(DDC) is one of the persons aspiring to be people’s representative at the local level.
He has been lobbying his party to get ticket for contesting the local election slated for May 14. Aged more than 50, Chamling claims that he deserves party ticket for the upcoming polls due to his 43- year-long political experience.
According to Lawyer Krishna Ghimire, what has attracted candidate aspirants towards being people’s representative is not their deeply-felt desire to serve the people through politics.
Instead, the motivating factor is a rumor about the perks associated with chiefs of the local administrative bodies.
According to him, there is a rumor that chairperson of rural municipality will be entitled to Rs 52000 as monthly salary, residence building, vehicle and other various facilities.
However, no legal provisions have been made about the facilities chiefs of the local bodies yet.