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The Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal (RJP-N) on Friday snubbed the government’s decision to postpone polls in Province 2 and called for general strikes on Sunday, the nomination date for second phase of elections in Provinces 1, 5 and 7, pitching the country into political crisis.
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Major political parties, which had claimed that they would finalise their candidates for the local level elections before the Election Commission’s nomination date, are struggling to pick the party representatives in Province 2 even as the task has been over in the other three provinces.
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Back-to-back negotiations between the governing alliance and the Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal (RJP-N) broke down on Sunday following which the agitating party, under the banner of the Sanghiya Gathabandhan, later in the day decided not only to revive but scale up its protests, aiming to disrupt the second phase of local polls scheduled for June 28.
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The governing coalition on Saturday rejected the Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal (RJP-N)’s proposal to postpone the second phase of local elections.
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The prime ministerial election in Parliament, for which the schedule was unveiled on Friday, has boiled down to the question what decision the Election Commission (EC) comes up with in relation to the vote counting fiasco in Bharatpur Metropolitan City.
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The Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal, welcoming the government’s decision to postpone the second phase of local elections by nine days, has urged the major parties to utilise the time to address its demands so that it can participate in the polls.
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