KATHMANDU, May 23: The main opposition party, CPN (UML), has protested the government’s move of increasing the number of local-level units which it said was in contravention of the constitution.
During the meeting of top leaders of three major political parties held at the official residence of the Prime Minister at Baluwatar today, the CPN (UML) blamed the government for increasing the number of local levels against constitution in between the first and second round elections.
Talking to media persons after the meeting, CPN (UML) Chairman KP Sharma Oli questioned saying which Article or Clause of the constitution was used to increase the number of local-level.
He also recalled that other political parties had not agreed to the CPN (UML)’s proposal of making Biratnagar and Birgunj as metropolitan cities before this and blamed that the number of local-level was increased in order to defeat the CPN (UML) in the election.
The CPN (UML) also urged all to follow the election code of conduct, saying no new program should be brought in the budget and there should be no change in the tax sphere.
Similarly, Deputy Prime Minister Bijay Kumar Gachchhadar said that the number of local-level was increased on the basis of constitution and political consensus to bring all parties on board the second round of election.
Clarifying that the number of local-level was increased from Jhapa to Kanchanpur on the basis of the understanding of a meeting where the NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba and CPN (UML) Chairman KP Sharma Oli were present, he said, “The decision was crucial for the political consensus of the country and it has guaranteed participation of all in the election.”
Present on the occasion were Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, the DPM duo Gachchhadar and Krishna Bahadur Mahara, NC President Deuba and senior leader Ram Chandra Poudel, leader Dr Ram Sharan Mahat, CPN (UML) chair Oli, leader Madhav Kumar Nepal, Deputy General Secretary Bishnu Prasad Poudel, among others. RSS