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Former Nepali PM's party boycotts upcoming CA polls
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20:13, February 19, 2008

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Former Nepali Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa Tuesday announced that his party, the Rastriya Janashakti Party (RJP) of Nepal decided to boycott the upcoming April 10 Constituent Assembly (CA) elections.

According to a press release issued by the RJP, the meeting of the central executive committee of the party held on Tuesday decided to boycott the CA election pointing at the situation in Madhes.

Chairman of RJP Thapa accused the coalition government comprising Nepali Congress (NC), Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)(CPN-M) and CPN-UML, of trying to forcefully conduct the assembly polls, adding that RJP decided not to participate in the polls since the government has remained indifferent to the worsening crisis in southern Terai plains of the country.

Thapa said that the government is using force and mistreating the agitating Madhesi, indigenous and other groups at a time when the government should include them in confidence and reach an understanding to create election atmosphere.

He also warned that the country will head towards a civil war if the elections are held by sidelining over half of the country's population residing in Terai and forcing them to revolt.

He also urged all parties and the government to undertake meaningful collaborations with all agitating groups to reach a solid conclusion.

The RJP's decision to boycott the polls has come just ahead of the Election Commission's deadline (Wednesday) of filing closed-list of candidates for proportional representation-based election.

The RJP, which had formed an alliance with some parties supporting monarchy in Nepal has remained silent over its stance on the issue of monarchy.

Prior to this, Green Nepal Party led by Kuber Sharma which is also considered to be a party supporting monarchy, too had announced to boycott the April election demanding neutral government to hold the polls.

Source: Xinhua

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