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Absence of deal dampens poll spirit in the plains
Apr 9, 2017-
People in the Madhes are disappointed that the government and the political parties have failed to forge an agreement with the agitating Madhesi Morcha so that the regional parties take part in the local level elections.
There is still a dilemma whether the elections will be held in the Tarai on time. The residents of the plains have requested the leaders and the government to forge consensus with the agitating regional parties for the sake of political stability in the country.
As the government announ-ced the date of the local elections and restructured the local units, people were excited to vote for those who vow to develop their communities. With just a little over a month to go for the polls, people are disappointed that the major parties were unable to create an environment for all the forces to participate in the vote. Shambhu Prasad Sah of Jagannathpur said it would be difficult to hold elections in the Tarai unless the Madhes-based parties are engaged.
Election campaigns have already started in the villages but leaders and supporters of the Madhes-based parties are unable to organise rallies against the policies of their leaders. Subodh Sah of Bahudarmai said he wanted to cast a vote if there is a polling centre in the village, voicing worry that protests would erupt if the government failed to convince the Madhesi Morcha to join the polls.
Police, Morcha supporters clash
SIRAHA: A clash erupted between police and the Madhesi Morcha cadres at Lahan in Siraha district on Saturday. Supporters of the Madhes-based parties had tried to foil a programme organised by the CPN-UML to welcome cadres from other parties into it. Police nabbed 18 activists including Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum Nepal district Chairman Badal Yadav and leader Nabin Yadav. They were released from the Area Police Office, Lahan, in the evening. According to the UML, around 1,300 people joined the party. (PR)
Published: 09-04-2017 09:50