‘Rishi Dhamala should contest election from Madhes’ say RJPN, FSFN; I haven’t decided yet, says Dhamala

Rastriya Janata Party Nepal leader Ram Naresh Raya, Rishi Dhamala, federal and provincial election, Madhes quota

KATHMANDU, Nov 1: Ram Naresh Raya, leader of Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) has said that even if the party has reached an agreement on their shares of constituencies with its election partner Federal Socialist Forum Nepal, agreement with the ruling party Nepali Congress yet to reach a conclusion.

Talking to Rishi Dhamala in a program ‘Nepali Bahas’ at Nepali Radio Network on Wednesday, Leader Raya said that the party is discussing with the ruling party about finalizing the constituencies for the upcoming elections to the House of Representatives and Province Assemblies. The elections are scheduled for November 26 and December 7.

RJPN and FSFN finalized a partnership model for the province 2 on Tuesday. But the regional parties are not willing to leave any seats for NC in the province. They have said that they can forge alliance with the NC in highway areas and in other provinces.

“We have reached agreement in some constituencies. We are making a final effort to decide the constituencies. We are trying to reach a agreement by today evening,” said Raya.

He also claimed that RJPN will win in 17 constituencies under proportional representation (PR) category and in 5 constituencies under the first-past-the-post category.

On the occasion, Leader Raya also requested Rishi Dhamala to contest the elections (FPTP) from Madhes quota.

“Rishi Dhamala is the only journalist who speaks for Madhes and its people,” he told Dhamala.

After Dhamala told Raya that he had not decided about running the election, Raya responded saying, “Mahantha Thakur, Upendra Yadav and Madhesi people wants you to contest the polls from Madhes. Everybody is waiting to welcome a personality like Dhamala in Madhes. You have to decide soon.”