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Polls possible in June: Sapkota

  Urges NC‚ CPN-UML leaders to cooperate

HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE

KATHMANDU: Spokesperson of Unified CPN-Maoist Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Agni Prasad Sapkota today said the Constituent Assembly election could be held within the first week of June even if the parties strike a deal within second week of March.

Addressing a regular press briefing at the party headquarters, Sapkota said the parties would strike a package deal soon and form an election government under the leadership of Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi. Since the election commission has informed that polls could be held in 90 days and if needed the process could also be shortened, election is possible within first week of June, he said.

However, he accused the CPN-UML and Nepali Congress leaders for not being serious on the election but were only active on replacing the existing Baburam Bhattarai-led government. “They have been going to different parts of the country at a time when they were supposed to sit for dialogues to sort out the differences,” Sapkota said, adding that, such activities has given grounds for his party to suspect whether they would honestly let the CA polls happen.

“Since the party leaders remained indifferent on resolving the political crises, Chairman Dahal himself had personally called the top leaders for talks,” Sapkota said. He said the parties were yet to iron out the differences on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the issues of citizenship and the delay in the verdict of the Supreme Court was also posing threat to the agreement of the parties.

On a different context, Sapkota said there was no immediate possibility of party unity with the breakaway CPN-Maoist.

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