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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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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

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