Sun, 06 Oct 2013 11:20:29 GMT

CPN-Maoist asks candidates to withdraw from Nepal CA poll

From Shirish B Pradhan
Kathmandu, Oct 5 (PTI) Nepal''s CPN-Maoist-led opposition alliance has asked all candidates to withdraw from next month''s Constituent Assembly election, claiming that the poll will only elect "agents for foreign imperialists".

A meeting of the disgruntled fringe parties led by CPN-Maoist, a breakaway faction of UCPN-Maoist, held here yesterday decided to formally request candidates belonging to all political parties who are vying for the November 19 poll to withdraw their candidacy, according to party sources.

Dev Gurung, Secretary of the Mohan Vaidya-led CPN-Maoist, dispatched letters on behalf of the opposition parties to the candidates, urging them to assist in the task of forging national consensus by�withdrawing�their nominations.

The opposition fringe party alliance�claimed that the election is part of a "grand design" of foreign "power centres" but did not name any country. It also claimed the poll will only elect "agents for foreign imperialists and expansionists".

The CPN-Maoist-led alliance has demanded a round table conference and resignation of the interim election government under Khil Raj Regmi as pre-conditions for the poll.

The alliance has already announced a boycott and threatened to disrupt the much-awaited election.

A total of 122 political parties yesterday submitted a closed list of candidates for the poll under Proportional Representation system.

Earlier, 124 parties had applied to the Election Commission for participation under the First Past the Post or direct election, according to spokesperson of Nepal''s Election Commission.

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