RJP not to take part in third phase lo­cal polls

People's Review - - NEWS - By Our Re­porter

The Ras­triya Janata Party-Nepal has been un­able to make its view public re­gard­ing to its par­tic­i­pa­tion in the third phase lo­cal polls. In­stead, the lead­ers have been di­vided over the elec­tion with lead­ers hav­ing pop­u­lar base ex­press­ing their views in favour of polls and oth­ers against the party's par­tic­i­pa­tion in the poll.

The party did not make the de­ci­sion of its four-day meet­ing that con­cluded Tuesday public. How­ever, some lead­ers leaked the de­ci­sion and ac­cord­ing to them, the party would not take part in the Septem­ber 18 lo­cal polls if the con­sti­tu­tion amend­ment pro­posal was not endorsed by the par­lia­ment.

A meet­ing of the of­fi­cer bear­ers of the party had also de­cided not to par­tic­i­pate in the polls. Ac­cord­ing to the me­dia re­ports, Ma­hen­dra Yadav and Sarat Singh Bhadari want to par­tic­i­pate in the lo­cal polls. Like­wise, Hri­dayesh Tri­pathi boy­cotted the meet­ing. It seems the row over the lo­cal polls may cause a divi­sion in the RJP-N.

The gov­ern­ment led by Pushpa Ka­mal Da­hal had de­cided to hold the lo­cal polls in a sin­gle phase on May 14, but later he de­cided to hold them in two phases with the hope that RJP-N would par­tic­i­pate in it. When RJP-N again threat­ened to dis­rupt the sec­ond phase poll, the present gov­ern­ment de­cided to hold the lo­cal polls in Prov­ince 2 in the third phase on Septem­ber 18, but still the RJP-N has not made its stance public about its po­si­tion in the polls.

Even if the RJP-N de­cided to boy­cott the lo­cal polls, the gov­ern­ment is de­ter­mined to hold the polls on the sched­uled date. And if the elec­tions are held as sched­uled, the de­ci­sion of the RJP-N to boy­cott it would be sui­ci­dal for the party as it will not have its rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the lo­cal gov­ern­ment for at least five years

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