Elections needed to keep democracy alive, Khanal says

CPN UML Chairman Jhalnath Khanal

KATHMANDU: CPN-UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal has said country should head for fresh elections despite mounting problems. “We have no other option to elections to keep democratic process alive,” the former prime minister said at a program organized to commemorate Nepal’s first communist prime minister late Man Mohan Adhikari.

The Man Mohan Memorial Foundation organized the program in Sanepa this morning to mark the 14th memorial day of UML’s former Chairman Adhikari.

Khanal said talks and dialogue could resolve the level of misunderstanding among the leaders and political parties.

During the program, speakers, especially from the communist background, praised the contribution to country and communist movement made by late Adhikari.

UML General Secretary Ishwor Pokhrel also spoke on the occasion.

The UML and different organizations are organizing different programs across the country to commemorate late Adhikari.

However, Nepal’s communist leaders at present are blamed for being consumerists and power-hungry.

Late Adhikari served Nepal by becoming prime minister for nine months in 1995 after the CPN-UML bagged more seats in House of Representatives. But, Adhikari-led government was toppled in the hung-parliament after he lost no- vote of confidence floated by Nepali Congress, a key rival of the UML during that time.