Prachanda to contest CA poll from Madhes; Jha yet to join Maoist party

JANAKPURDHAM: Chairperson of Unified CPN-Maoist Pushpa Kamal Dahal has announced that he would contest the upcoming election to the Constituent Assembly from the Madhes region.

Addressing a function organized to mark the 11th death anniversary of martyr Ajab Lal Yadav in Sakhuwa Dhanushadham in Dhanusha district, Dahal said he would file candidacy from a Madhesh constituency to show party’s commitment to the agenda of federalism.

Saying that the party lost a number of seats it could otherwise have won easily in Terai-Madhesh in the last Constituent Assembly elections, the Maoist chairman claimed that it would emerge stronger in the upcoming elections.

The Maoist chairman‚ who is viewed as an eloquent speaker with mastery of charming the mass‚ said that his party this time ‘will garner victory in the Madhes region‚ along with the interest’‚ implying that the UCPN-Maoist unlike in 2008 would sweep the Madhes region in upcoming election. Dahal‚ who won from two constituencies — Rolpa and Kathmandu — in 2008 CA election‚ expressed his commitment to fight for federalism‚ autonomy and liberation of Madhes and Madhesi people.

During the programme‚ Maoist Chairman Dahal welcomed 150 cadres and leaders who left the Nepali Congress to join his party and said the move itself was proof that his party has already started showing signs of victory in Madhes.

Meanwhile, Ramchandra Jha‚ the politburo member of the CPN-UML who has left his party‚ said on Friday that he will not join any other party just for the sake of having an allegiance with any other outfit.

Jha on Thursday resigned from UML citing his differences with the party over issues of state restructuring. After a meeting with the UCPN-M Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal at his own residence in Janakpur on Thursday‚ Jha said‚ “I will not join the UCPN-Maoist unless the party makes an official decision on the position it wants to offer to me and other UML leaders.” Speculations were rife in the last few days that Jha decided to quit UML to join the UCPN-Maoist.

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