Local poll certain even if consensus with Madhesi Front is not established: Chakrapani Khanal


KATHMANDU, April 2: Prime Minister’s Chief Political Advisor Chakrapani Khanal ‘Baldev’ has clarified that the local poll of May 14 is certain even if consensus with Madhes-based party cannot be established.

Speaking during an interaction program organized by the Reporters’ Club Nepal on Sunday, PM’s Advisor Khanal said that government was trying to forge consensus with United Demorcatic Madhesi Front leaders. “We are closing near to understanding with Madhesi Front by trying to find a common point of understanding,” he said.

“We want Madhes-based parties to participate in the upcoming local level election. Prime Minster Pushpa Kamal Dahal is serious about the Madhes grievances.”

Stating that the Front’s leaders wanted government to add the number of local body units on the basis of population, he added, “If we focus on adding the number of local body units as demanded by Madhesi Front, local level election on the stipulated date is not likely. We cannot stop election. But we will keep trying to establish understanding with Madhei Front.”

“We will discuss with ruling parties Nepali Congress Rastriya Prajatantra Party, main opposition CPN-UML about agreeing on five-point demand presented by Madhesi Front,” he added.