33-party alliance withdraws bandh programme after EC tweaks election dates
The poll-opposing 33-party alliance led by CPN-Maoist has formally withdrawn the planned bandh (shutdown) programme it had announced for September 25 and 26.
Two days after the Election Commission tweaked the date for registration of candidacy without affecting the final date of Constituent Assembly election, a meeting of the 33-party alliance held at CPN-Maoist party's central office in Buddhanagar in the capital on Saturday decided to take back the bandh and all the programmes of protest called for the aforementioned dates.
The 33-party alliance had earlier called the bandh on September 25 and 26 after the EC had set September 23 and 26 as last dates to finalise the nominations of candidates for the polls under the first-past-the-post (FPTP) and proportional electoral systems respectively. Following the extension of the deadline, the political parties can nominate their FPTP candidates by October 3 and candidacies under proportional system by September 30 the latest.
The 33-party-alliance, however, said that although the parties requested change in the election calendar citing its bandh programme, but in fact it was because of their own delay in the preparation for the registration of their candidates with the Commission that the deadline was extended.
The meeting also condemned the raid conducted by a team of armed Indian policemen on Wednesday after illegally entering into Nepali territory at Gulariya of Bardiya district, demanding that the government investigate the incident and pursue the matter with the concerned Indian authorities. nepalnews.com