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National, provincial election date to be announced soon: PM Deuba

Kathmandu

Jul 21, 2017-Prime Minister and Nepali Congress president Sher Bahadur Deuba has said all the three levels of election were imperative for the implementation of the constitution and that the date for the election of the state and federation would be announced soon.

Addressing a programme organised by the Society for Democratic Thinking on Friday to commemorate the 35th memorial day of the popular leader the late BP Koirala, PM Deuba underlined the need of conducting all the three levels of elections within the time frame stipulated by the constitution.

"The election constituency delimitation commission has been constituted on Thursday as a part of preparation for the national and provincial polls," he said, adding that two rounds of the local-level elections have already been held while the third phase local election for Province 2 is due on September 18.

The Prime Minister was of the view that the federal democratic republic would be stabilised only after the conduction of the three-tier elections in the stipulated timeframe.

Likewise, during the programme, NC leader Arjun Narsingh KC expressed concern over the growing culture of power-sharing among the political parties rather than respecting the knowledge and skills of an individual while making appointments to different high posts in the state bodies. He called on the intellectual community to give realistic suggestions based on critical truth to the rulers.

Similarly, leader Sujata Koirala said the people have trusted the Nepali Congress throughout as it has always played a leading role for resolving each and every crisis facing the country, and drew the attention of the party leadership over the waning in people's trust towards the party in the latest elections.

Another party leader Laxman Ghimire, during the programme, expressed worry over the tenets of nationality, democracy and socialism propounded by the late BP Koirala getting shadowed, saying the public trust towards politics and the political leaders was on the wane due to the high-handed activities of the present political leadership.

On the occasion, Prime Minister Deuba honoured party leader Chakra Prasad Bastola with the 'Loktantrik Yodhdha (Democratic Fighter)' title and a cash prize of Rs 25 thousand. Bastola has been hospitalised for long and is in a semi-conscious state. Bastola's spouse, Kusum Bastola received the award on behalf of her bed-ridden husband.

A special publication entitled 'Chintan' dedicated to former Prime Minister and party president the late Girija Prasad Koirala, was also released on the occasion. RSS

Published: 21-07-2017 13:38

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