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PM Dahal directs secretaries for prioritising implementation of federalism

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachand’ has directed the concerned authorities to expedite the formulation of all federal laws commanded by the constitution.

During his meeting with government secretaries at his office on Sunday, Prime Minister Dahal instructed the secretaries to set standards without any discrimination to depute employees at the local-level on the backdrop of the preparations going on for the local poll.

He warned of punishment in the case of any employee refusing to go to assigned station. He also urged secretaries not to be lenient regarding the implementation of federalism issues, according to Press Advisor to the Prime Minister Govinda Acharya.

He informed the meeting that 38 Acts had been formulated since the promulgation of the constitution while four Acts were in the wait for an authentication, while drafts of five Acts already endorsed by the Legislature-Parliament and 39 bills under consideration in different parliamentary committees.

Stating that all laws required for holding the local level election had already been formulated, he insisted on giving priority to the formulation of federalism-related laws.

Nobody else was supposed to be treated especially while deputing human resources required for holding the local poll, he said, pledging to strongly discourage the trend of undue political influence while sending human resources to the local level in view of the coming local poll scheduled for May 14 this year.

Minister for Law, Justice and Federal Affairs Ajay Shankar Nayak and Chief Secretary Somlal Subedi were also present in the meeting.

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RJPN splits in its anniversary, disgruntled leaders form new party

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KATHMANDU — A dissatisfied leaders of Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal (RJPN) including Vice Chairman Ashok Kumar Yadav announced on Friday that they have quit the party to form a new party under his leadership.

Organising a press conference at the Reporters’ Club in the Capital on Friday, Yadav and 32 other members left the party and announced a new party named Rastriya Janta Party (Loktantrik). According to which Ashok Kumar Yadav is appointed as a coordinator, Ritesh Kumar Singh, deputy coordinator and Jeevan Shah as general secretary.

Subash Chandari Biraji and Jeevan Sah have been appointed as General Secretaries in the 11-member ad hoc committee while Sadhana Yadav and Lakki Sharma as Secretaries, Madhu Maya Yadav as Treasurer and Dipendra Yadav as spokesperson.

Likewise, Dharma Raj Gupta, Bipana Acharya and Sambhu Pandit are the members of central ad hoc committee.

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Coordinator Yadav accused the party leadership of remaining indifferent in piling pressure on the government to amend the constitution.

Saying that Madhes is still lagging behind in terms of development, Yadav said the Rastriya Janata Party (Democratic) will focus its activities on development.

LAst year on the same day on April 20, 2017,six Madhes-based parties — Mahantha Thakur-led Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party, Rajendra Mahato-led Sadbhawana Party, Mahendra Yadav-led Tarai Madhes Sadbhawana Party, Sharat Singh Bhandari-led Rastriya Madhes Samajbadi Party and Rajkishor Yadav-led Madhesi Janadhikar Forum- Ganatantrik and Anil Jha-led Nepal Sadbhawana Party– had announced their unification to form Rastirya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN).

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