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CEC hails Madhes parties’ merger as positive move
Apr 22, 2017-Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhee Prasad Yadav on Friday hailed the merger of six of the seven parties under the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha as a positive development.
Speaking at a programme jointly organised by the Central Department of Journalism and Mass Communication and Japan International Cooperation Agency in the Capital, the EC chief said that the poll body wants to see the participation of all the parties in the elections.
The Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party, Sadbhawana Party, Tarai Madhes Samajbadi Party, Rastriya Madhes Sadbhawana Party, Nepal Sadbhawana Party and the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Ganatantrik which have been objecting to the local polls, saying their demand of constitution amendment still remains unadressed, on Thursday announced their merger to form Rastriya Janata Party (RJP). While announcing their merger, leaders of the newly formed RJP, however, had ruled out the possibility of their participation in polls until the constitution is amended.
“The merger of the six parties is a step ahead towards their participation in the elections,” Yadav said.
The EC chief has long been saying that though the poll body is prepared to hold polls on May 14, there should be an environment conducive to ensure the participation of all the parties.
Giri to revive NSP
KATHMANDU: A day after six Madhes-based parties including the Anil Jha-led Nepal Sadbhawana Party dissolved their parties to form the Rastriya Janata Party, leader Sarita Giri has decided to revive the NSP opposing the unification.
Issuing a statement, Giri said leaders of her party were not consulted about the plan. The NSP was formed after unification between the Giri-led NSP and the Jha-led Sanghiya Sadbhawana Party.
Disagreeing with the working style of Jha, Giri had registered a complaint in the Election Commission claiming authenticity of her faction. However, Giri was inactive in politics after EC’s refusal to recognise her bid.
In the statement issued in the capacity of the NSP “national chairperson”, Giri urges all the leaders and cadres to save the history of the NSP as well as its election symbol, the party flag and banner. Giri said a national gathering would be held soon to revive the party, besides seeking legal remedy. (PR)
Published: 22-04-2017 08:10