Nepal fringe parties warn of protests over poll dates
Kathmandu: Amidst hectic consultations among Nepal`s four major political forces over forthcoming constituent assembly elections, an alliance of fringe parties on Thursday warned of an agitation if they were not consulted on announcement of the poll dates.
The Federal Democratic Alliance (FDA) warned that the country would face serious consequences if the major parties embark on the electoral process without taking the FDA into confidence on disputed issues related to the Constituent Assembly elections including poll dates.
Addressing a press meet here today, Mohan Baidya, the chairman of break-away Maoist faction, CPN-Maoist, a major force in the alliance, demanded that the ongoing process of conducting elections be immediately stopped.
Along with the CPN Maoist, the Federal Socialist Party led by Ashok Rai and the Upendra Yada-led Madhesi Peoples Rights Forum and about two dozen other minor parties have been pressing for replacement of the incumbent election government led by chief justice Khil Raj Regmi with a new government under political leadership.
Meanwhile, former prime minister and senior leader of CPN-UML, Madhav Kumar Nepal stressed on the need for early conclusion of the current transition period to bail the country out of the ongoing political deadlock.
The former Prime Minister`s remarks came at a time when several rounds of meeting among the major political forces failed to make any headway in announcing the election dates by sorting out their differences on key issues related to the election.
Nepal said, differing political views should be incorporated and all parties must work collectively to ensure an early election.
Nepal called on everyone to lend support for successfully conducting the long-delayed elections.
He said that the elections should not be delayed in order to end the current transitional period.
He suggested that all parties should work together to settle the contentious issues of federalism and forms of governance to be adopted in the new constitution.
He also said that the new constitution should be drafted within a period of six months to a year.
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