Local level polls at any cost: DPM Thapa



Kathmandu, March 14: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Federal Affairs and Local Development Kamal Thapa has pledged that the local levels polls would be held whatever the circumstances appear.
At a programme organized to mark the first anniversary of Media Nepal in the capital city on Tuesday, DPM Thapa said that to give an outlet to the country, implementing constitution is the need of the hour.
“The most appropriate medium for democratic exercise is elections. None should shy away from this. The government is ready to adopt maximum flexibility for the same,” he added.
On the occasion, DPM Thapa urged all to face the professional challenge by making media sector more professional, adding that partisan journalism has deepened its root in media of late.
He also reiterated his party’s stance on constitution amendment but added that environment conducive should be created to bring the dissenting parties on board for ease the election process.
Likewise, Minister for Land Reform and Management Bikram Pandey urged the journalists to shun the partisan politics. He also requested the journalists for their active role in the upcoming elections.
Similarly, Rastirya Prajatantra Party leader Pashupati Shumsher JBR said that the country is likely to face serious losses if the issues of Madhes were not addressed.
On the occasion, Chairman of Nepal Press Union Badri Sigdel, Ganesh Basnet of Press Chautari Nepal and Maheshwor Dahal of Press Centre expressed their views on media, upcoming local level elections and other issues.