Local election at any cost says UML Chair Oli


Bhimduttanagar, March 16, CPN-UML Chair KP Sharma Oli has stated that the local election slated for May 14 this year should be held at any cost.
Addressing the closing ceremony of the UML’s Mechi-Mahakali campaign, the nation-wide election drive aimed at strengthening unity, sovereignty and social harmony, at Bhimduttanagar in Kanchanpur on Thursday, leader Oli also claimed that the conspiracy was being hatched not to implement the new constitution.
The former Prime Minister argued that it is imperative for the UML to assume leadership of the government to strengthen national unity and ensure development in the country.
Blaming the Indian side for their subjugating behaviour towards the Nepalis in the bordering area, he asserted that India should make an apology for Govinda Gautam’s death. Gautam of Punarbash in Kanchanpur district had died in the firing from the Indian border security personnel at Ananda Bazar in the district on March 9.
Similarly, UML leader and former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal said that the constitutional crisis would loom if the three-tier elections are not held as per the schedule.
He decried over the cavalier attitude of the government for not diplomatically dealing with the incident of Gautam’s killing by the Indian border security personnel after a violent dispute ensued between the locals and them concerning the construction of a culvert at Ananda Bazar bordering India.
Likewise, UML General-Secretary Ishwor Pokharel opined that the constitution amendment was not necessary for now. He expressed his doubt over the intention of the ruling parties -the Nepali Congress and CPN-Maoist Centre- for pressing the constitution amendment issue.
On the occasion, UML handed over Rs 500,000 to the family of Gautam and a laptop to the daughter of Gautam in recognition of his courage to stand against the Indian side’s autocracy.