"Polls Inevitable"

Leader of Nepali Congress SUJATA KOIRALA spoke to New Spotlight on various issues regarding elections. Excerpts:

June 28, 2013, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol: 07 No. -2 June 28- 2013 (Ashad 14, 2070)

Do you see the possibility of holding the CA elections?

There is no alternative before us. We have to hold the elections at any cost. I am sure the elections for the CA will be held in November.

Some leaders are demanding the resignation of the chairman of the interim council of ministers. How do you look at this?

It is a sheer nonsense. This is not a time to ask for the resignation of the chairman of council of ministers. Demanding resignation will hamper the elections.

At a time when so many parties are opposing the elections, how can they be held?

I don't think they will boycott the elections. CPN-Maoist leader Mohan Vaidya has already said that he is ready to hold dialogue. This means they will participate in the election in the last minute. The Election Commission has already announced the election program and parties have already kicked off their election campaign.

Do you mean elections will not be postponed this time?

Yes. I am hundred percent sure that there will be elections.

Even without participation of CPN-Maoist?

We will hold talks with Vaidyaji. I know he is a very sincere person and he will not take any decision hostile to elections.

If these Maoists sincerely boycott the elections, do you think the elections are possible?

As people are eagerly waiting to cast their votes, no force can stop the elections. On the basis of my own experience, I can say that there will be the elections.

Political parties are yet to agree on the form of governance and structure of state. Why do you need elections for CA?

We need elections to draft the new constitution. You cannot run the country for a long period of time with interim orders. Whatever the stand political parties are taking now, they will not repeat the mistakes this time. I am pretty sure that they will promulgate the new constitution.

How do you guarantee that?

This time Nepali Congress will win the majority in the elections. Once our party wins the elections, we will formulate the democratic elections.

UCPN-Maoist and CPN-UML are also claiming that they will secure the majority. How do you look at this?

People have already seen their rule. UCPN-Maoist has already been exposed among the people. I am sure that people will vote Nepali Congress this time.

How can your party with such divisions will win the elections?

Our party is a Democratic Party and every people have the right to express their own views. However, we will contest the elections united. Political leaders may have personal like or dislike, our party is still united and we will go for election with the voice of unity

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