With no progress in sight for addressing the demands of agitating parties to ensure commencement of the second phase of local elections in Nepal, the Rastriya Janata Party (RJP) has proposed to postpone it. RJP leaders proposed that the June 14, 2017 second phase of local body elections be postponed during a meeting with Nepali Congress leaders at the Nepali Congress parliamentary office in Singha Durbar. Rajendra Mahato, Leader, Rastriya Janata Party, said, “What we clearly stated to them was the need for creating a conducive environment for the holding of local elections in the Madhesh region. If a favorable environment is not created, then election cannot be held and the second phase election cannot commence under any circumstances in this condition.”
He added, “For the creation of a conducive environment, the Constitution Amendment for which an agreement is made should be fulfilled. The number of local bodies should be increased on the basis of the population in four provinces, and where it is needed, cases against cadres should be drawn back, and other things that the government should complete.”
RJP has thus claimed that the amendment is a long process and will not give much time for preparations. The party leaders tried to convince the Congress leadership to postpone the election which was rejected on grounds that it will hamper the provincial elections which has to be held by January next year.