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Koirala to assuage dissenters before polls

Nepal's PM promises to fulfil demands of all the dissenting organisations before the Constituent Assembly elections, reports Anirban Roy.

world Updated: Jun 26, 2007 01:19 IST
Anirban Roy

Nepal's Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala on Monday promised to fulfil demands of all the dissenting organisations before the Constituent Assembly elections to be held on November 22.



The cabinet on Sunday finalised the date for the election to the Constituent Assembly, which would draft the political future of Nepal. Koirala reportedly told Speaker Subash Nembang on Sunday morning that the ongoing dialogue between the government and the agitating groups would reach a conclusive end within a "few days".



"He (Koirala) assured that all the demands of the disgruntled organisations would be resolved to lay the foundations for the elections," Nembang said, adding that the Prime Minister was committed to hold the elections as per the cabinet decision.



The speaker also claimed that Koirala has promised to work on a war-footing to improve the security situation in Nepal so that people get to exercise their franchise in a "totally fearless" environment.



Interestingly, within hours of declaration of the dates of the elections, the Maoist-aligned Young Communist League (YCL) has started a door to door campaign in Kathmandu Valley to woo peoples support.



With the slogan to build a "new Nepal", the YCL have started visiting houses of the people to gather their views, suggestions and problems.



More than 1,500 YCL cadres are being engaged in the campaigning in the three districts of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur. The campaign would continue till September.



Meanwhile, normal life in eastern Terai districts was totally paralysed on Monday due to a Maoist-sponsored strike. The guerrillas staged the protest to condemn the killing of Govinda Chaudhary, a Maoist district-level leader at Rajbiraj on Saturday.