Nepal CA Polls will be held at any cost: Home Minister

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Kathmandu, Feb 26: The Nepal government has reiterated its commitment to conduct Constituent Assembly (CA) poll on April 10 at any cost when the agitating parties have said they would not participate in the election.

"The government will not make any compromise to defer CA election date" Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula was quoted in the local media as saying. The government and United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF), a recently formed regional party of Terai, representatives had reached an agreement on all the six-point demand on Sunday night's negotiation, he said.

The UDMF later demanding the election to be deferred by at least one month. The government can't defer the elections and is still ready to negotiate with Madhesi political parties to make them participate in the CA election, he stated.

''The Prime Minister and all other seven political parties want to include agitating Madhesi political parties in the CA election,'' he said.

Meanwhile, major political parties have filed nominations in all 240 constituencies across the country despite resistance by agitating party cadres in a number of Tarai districts.

According to Election Commission, 2,211 candidates filed their nominations for 240 election constituencies in 75 districts. Kathmandu district, with 10 election constituencies, has filed 221 candidates, becoming the district having the highest number of candidates.


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