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Parliament will be automatically reinstated if elections not held on time: Dahal

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KATHMANDU — CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman and formewr Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachand has said that the Legislature- Parliament will be automatically reinstated if the elections not held in slated time.

Speaking at the launching ceremony of a book titled ‘Adhunik Nepalko Itihas’ penned by Maoist Centre leader Laxman Panta in the Capital on Thursday, Dahal said : “The Parliament was dissolved as the election process had already begun.”

Hinting at Wednesday’s decision of the Supreme Court and its possible outcome, the Maoist supremo said : “It will surely be reinstated if the elections are not conducted on time.”

The apex court on Wednesday had ordered the Election Commission to print separate ballot papers for the federal and provincial elections under the first-past-the-post system and present a progress report since its earlier ruling on October 18.

Dahal also made it clear that the Election Commission had already started printing ballot papers as per the agreement forged between Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli among other senior leaders.

In response to a contempt of court writ filed on Tuesday by Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal (RJP-N) leader Sarbendra Nath Shukla, a single bench of Justice Dambar Bahadur Shahi had issued the order and asked Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhee Prasad Yadav to furnish clarification within three days.

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Tenure of NA members determined though lucky draw

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KATHMANDU — Tenure of members of the National Assembly has been determined through a lucky draw method on Monday.

As per the lucky draw conducted at the Federal Parliament in New Baneshwor today, the term of opposition party Nepali Congress lawmaker Surendra Pandey has fixed for two years, while the term of Nepal Communist Party lawmaker Dinanath Sharma has been fixed for four years.

Similarly, Nainkala Ojha, Shashikala Dahal, Udaya Sharma Poudel, Shanti Kumari Adhikari, Komal Oli and Taradevi Bhatta would serve as NA members for four years.

Likewise, the tenure of members — Bina Pokharel, Pramila Kumari, Dil Kumari Rawal, Deepa Gurung, Anita Devkota, Nanda Chhapai and Indu Kadariya — was determined for six years.

The term of Sarita Prasain, Mukta Kumari Yadav, Dhan Kumari Khatiwada, Binda Devi Ale, Mina Budha, Yutal Tamang and Kamala Kumari Oli has been determined for two years.

Of the 59 NA members, 56 were elected from seven provinces—eight from each province, with three others being nominated by the President on the recommendation by the government.

All the clusters have been divided into three categories of two years, four years and six years and the lawmakers should pick one of the three categories.

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