Nepal govt calls on dissident parties to participate in polls



Kathmandu: The chairman of Interim Government in Nepal today called upon the disgruntled political parties to participate in the upcoming Constituent Assembly elections, saying it was the only legitimate and democratic process that would lead the country out of the current political stalemate.

Speaking at a function here, Chairman of the Interim Government Khil Raj Regmi urged all political parties and people to participate in the elections as it was the only legitimate and democratic process.

The sole aim of the present government is to conduct Constituent Assembly election, he said adding the government was holding discussions and consulting the political parties on the fixation of election date.

Regmi said that government was committed to holding the elections in a free and fair atmosphere.

Minister for Home and Foreign Affairs Madhav Prasad Ghimire called upon all political parties to play constructive role for creating atmosphere conducive to conducting polls, and added that the government was making necessary legal amendments for the purpose.

The government is focusing on institutionalise democratic achievements by conducting Constituent Assembly elections in a free and fair manner, he said.

He also informed that the government is working out to bring about Special Security Plan for enabling the people to participate in the election in a free and fearless manner.

Meanwhile, President Ram Baran Yadav has urged the major political parties to fix the election date and create an environment for holding Constituent Assembly polls.

The president made the appeal during a meeting with the top leaders of UPCN (Maoist), Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and Joint Madhesi Front at Rastrapati Bhawan, Shital Niwas today.

He also advised the major parties to take initiative for holding talks with the parties opposing the election.

Some two dozen fringe parties including the CPN-Maoist, breakaway faction of the UCPN-Maoist led by hardliner leader Mohan Vaidya, have been opposing the major parties' move to conduct Constituent Assembly polls.

Yesterday, a 3-member coordination committee headed by the Home Minister had been formed to hold talks with the disgruntled groups and political parties.

The president on the occasion expressed concern over the delay in finalising election date, according to sources close to the president.

Months of political and constitutional crisis in Nepal ended on March 14 with Chief Justice Regmi's appointment as the country's new Prime Minister to head the interim government that will hold elections to 601-member Constituent Assembly.

Nepal had plunged into the crisis after political parties failed to deliver a constitution before the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly in May last year as differences climaxed over the issue of federal structure and forms of governance to be incorporated in the constitution.

PTI