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Local polls impossible sans consensus: Deuba

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KATHMANDU — Nepali Congress president and the leader of the main opposition party in Parliament, Sher Bahadur Deuba, has accused the government of neglecting the environment for consensus by politicising judiciary and recalling Nepal’s Ambassador to India.

Taking part in the deliberations on the government policy and program in the Parliament today, the former prime minister said the biggest challenge at present was the implementation of budget. According to him, it would be ambitious to say that it could happen without forging consensus.

“How appropriate is it for the government to say that it would hold the local body elections when the government has itself constituted a commission for delineating the border and number of local bodies and when the commission has not yet submitted its report,” leader Deuba wondered.

He argued that although the action plan for election in local body has been mentioned in the policy and program, it would not be possible without consensus among the parties.

Stating how practical the topic of producing 10,000 MW power in 10 years as mentioned in the government policy and program would be, the main opposition party leader criticised it saying it failed to include any plan for expediting the hydropower projects as Seti, Karnali and the like which the previous government had proceeded.

“It is not proper to talk ambitiously of electricity development without forging agreement on the power transmission line,” he said and reminded the government to ponder whether one could see results by bringing policies and programs without any basis.

The main opposition party leader accused the government, saying there was shortage of essential goods in the market, and black market and corruption were thriving even after the lifting of the border blockade and the post-earthquake reconstruction works were in limbo.

“Although it is said that the ministries have released the relief and the grant for the earthquake survivors, the Chief District Officers have been saying that they have not received it. The earthquake victims have not received even blankets in the name of relief, a great injustice has been done to them,” Deuba said.

Saying it would be a joke to talk of economic prosperity within five years in a country which has achieved less than one per cent economic growth rate, he said a ‘temporary government’ bringing a highly ambitious policy and program was a mockery of the parliamentary system.

“The policies and programs brought in by a temporary government are also temporary. There is unrest in the country at present, and the need of the day is to move ahead by forging consensus with the agitating sides,” he reiterated.

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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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