RJP-N, CPN cadres in fray as independents

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Jun 19, 2017-

Two parties protesting against the local level elections—Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal and the Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal—have fielded their cadres as independent candidates.

Amit Gharti and Bhakta Bahadur Gharti have filed nominations for the Thawang Village Council chair while the CPN has forged an alliance with the Nepali Congress in the vice-chairperson’s post.

The party that has been trying to foil the local level polls nominated its candidates in all the five wards of Thawang as independents. The CPN has not been registered with the Election Commission. In the second Constituent Assembly elections, people in the whole of Thawang had refrained from voting.

CPN Spokesperson Khadga Bahadur Bishwokarma, however, said those who filed candidacies independently were no longer the party affiliates. 

The agitating RJP-N has also filed candidacies in different parts of Rupandehi, Kapilvastu and Nawalparasi districts. Hundreds of RJP-N cadres filed their candidacies in Kapilvastu alone. In Kapilvastu Municipality, Ramdas Gupta registered his name for mayor while Basudev Prasad Kasoudhan is in the deputy mayor race.

In Rupandehi district, RJP-N cadres filed candidacies in some village councils including Samarimai, Kotaimai and Marchbari. In Samarimai, the RJP-N has 37 independent candidates including Ashok Shukla for the chief and Kama Uddin Shekh for the deputy chief.

In Nawalparasi, some RJP-N cadres filed their candidacies having been released from police custody. They had been rounded up when the party cadres came out early on Sunday to foil the nomination process.

Chinni Pasi, who was released after he insisted on filing his name, was registered for the ward chair’s post in Ramgram Municipality-9.

RJP-N General Secretary Keshav Jha said the cadres’ move was against the party policy. 

A Madhesi leader said top leaders Mahantha Thakur and Rajendra Mahato, who were bent on barring other party candidates from contesting the polls, had failed to stop their own cadres.

(With inputs from our district correspondents)

 

Aspirants undeterred by clashes

KATHMANDU: Nine persons were injured when a bomb went off near the office of the election officer at Vadganga Municipality in Kapilvastu district on Sunday afternoon as the candidates were preparing to file nominations for the second phase of local level elections.

District police chief DSP Prahlad Adhikari said the device exploded when a joint panel of the Nepali Congress and the CPN (Maoist Centre) was heading towards the election office to file nominations.

Lal Bahadur Tharu, 38, and Sesh Ram Gupta, 45, of the municipality are critically hurt. All the injured, including a seven-month-old girl, were referred to Butwal for treatment.

Published: 19-06-2017 07:54

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