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Local elections with political consensus, says DPM Thapa

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CHITWAN — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Federal Affairs and Local Development, Kamal Thapa, today said the local elections will take place with political parties’ consensus.

Speaking at a press conference organized by Media Nepal here, DPM Thapa said the government was leaving the options open to hold elections in current scenario or after state restructuring.

He underscored the government’s plan to seek consensual elections by taking in account the suggestions of the opposition party among other parties.

The Local Body Restructuring Commission has specified working procedure until mid-March 2017 but the government has appealed for submission of state restructuring report within mid-September this year in view of the political parties’ suggestion, he added.

On a different note, DPM Thapa said the government has presented an ambitious budget for country’s economic progress, and succeeded in maintaining historic relation and partnership with Nepal’s friends.

As the government is moving in the direction of implementing the new constitution, Minister Thapa said it was not right to continue a filthy game centered on a scramble for state power.

DPM Thapa took the occasion to note that the country was being driven towards a persistent instability with a change of more than two dozen governments in the past 25 to 26 years.

The Minister further added that a political committee has been formed under his leadership to address the Madhes-centric parties’ demands.

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2 injured as bomb goes off at Ward Chair’s house

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DAMAK — An unidentified group detonated a bomb at the house of Bhim Poudel, a Ward Chairperson of the Damak Municipality Ward Number 7, last night, injuring two people including a woman.

The injured were hit by shrapnel due to the explosion. The explosion has also caused minor damages to the house which is located some 500 metres to the east of the Area Police Office, Damak.

It was a powerful explosion and it is not known who carried it out, police said.

Those injured in the incident are Semu Rai and Tilochan Pokhrel who had come to visit their relatives at the house next to Poudel’s house.

Both them who have been wounded in the hands and legs are being treated at the Lifeline Hospital in Damak. Rai is a staff at the same hospital.

Police has started an investigation into the case. Meanwhile, the Nepal Communist Party led by Netra Bikram Chand (Biplav) has today issued a press release saying those playing main role in evicting the landless squatters in the disputed market area in Damak. It had specifically named Wrad Chair Poudel and Mayor Romnath Oli.

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