Second phase polls to take place on time




Kathmandu : Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ today assured all that the second phase of the local level elections would be held within the stipulated time. The election is scheduled for June 14. Answering queries raised in today’s meeting of Legislature-Parliament on programmes and policies introduced by the government, the Prime Minister clarified that he went out of his way beyond his political party’s interest to hold the first phase of the polls considered to be the need for the enforcement of the constitution. “The elections could not have taken place had I put my party at the center,” said PM Dahal, also Chairman of CPN (Maoist Center). Countering the arguments of some lawmakers to take the government’s programmes and policies as temporary, PM Dahal said, “The programmes and policies are not temporary as claimed. The meeting was called to discuss them for their amendment. This government has not lost its majority nor has it faced a no confidence motion nor has it become a caretaker after stepping down following people’s protest. This is an important step to try to bring all political forces together.” “My focus is on ending current transition by concluding the elections at provincial and federal levels after the conclusion of local level polls,” he said. On a different context, informing that the construction of around 800 kilometers Postal Highway was picking up pace following talks with India on this front, he said agreements reached with China to start projects in Nepal were also being implemented.