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Nepali Congress to demand for fresh polls

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 20:23

Kathmandu: Nepal`s main opposition party, the Nepali Congress on Wednesday said it would demand fresh polls instead of the revival of the dissolved Constituent Assembly to end the current political stalemate.

"The central committee meeting of the main opposition party held under the chairmanship of party president Sushil Koirala decided to go for fresh polls to end the current political and constitutional crisis," said Prakash Man Singh, general secretary of the party.

"The party has also demanded formation of a national consensus government to ensure free and fair elections," he told PTI after the meeting.

The party has also decided to clear legal hurdles on way of holding fresh election on the basis of consensus among all the political parties, he added.

Meanwhile, senior Madhesi leader and Deputy Prime Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachchhadar has also underlined the need to conduct fresh election to end the current political stalemate.

Talking to journalists at the Janakpur Airport in southern Nepal, he said that fresh election is the appropriate alternative to end the current political crisis in the country.

"There is a need to form a national consensus government and the incumbent government is not the obstacle to forge consensus," said Gachhadar, who is also the coordinator of the Joint Madhesi Front, the grouping of five Madhesi political parties.

Gachhadar`s remarks came at a time when the leaders of UCPN-Maoist, the main ruling party, are talking about revival of the Constituent Assembly to draft the constitution.

He also stressed the need to bring the budget on time through ordinance saying that if the budget was not brought, there would not be enough funds even to pay the civil servants.


First Published: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 20:23
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