If Not Now, CA Poll Never

Rajendra Mahato, Chairman of the Sadbhabana Party, holds the view that there is no way but to hold the November 19 CA elections.

Oct. 6, 2013, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol: 07 No. -8 Oct. 4- 2013 (Ashoj 18, 2070)

At a time when the CPN-Maoist has been saying that it will obstruct the polls on November 19, how do you see the possibility of holding the polls?

There is no way out other than to hold the polls. If the government cannot cope with the dissenting Maoists, they can never hold the elections. Every party has the right to take part and boycott the elections. Since the CPN-Maoist does not have big following, the party cannot disrupt the polls.

It is reported in the media that some political parties are making efforts to postpone the elections. What do you say?

This will change the whole political course. Changing the election date is unacceptable for us. We want elections on November 19 at any cost.

If the political parties decide to change the date giving some space to Maoists, how will you react?

We will launch a nationwide agitation against this kind of conspiracy. I have told you that some forces who don't want to empower the Madheshi, Janjatis and other minorities are hatching conspiracies against the forthcoming CA elections.

How do you see the general environment in Madhesh?

People are waiting to cast votes for CA elections. I have found that people are very much enthusiastic about the polls. From east to west, I have found the same kind of enthusiasm among the people regarding the elections.

If one can hold the elections peacefully, what harm is there to postpone the election date for a few more days?

If you cannot hold the elections on November 19, there can never be an election for Constituent Assembly. A big conspiracy is being hatched against the Constituent Assembly. I am pretty sure that those forces who don't want change in the society are behind all these designs.

What about the law and order situation in Madhesh?

Some underground armed outfits in Madhesh have been threatening the elections. However, they cannot completely obstruct the elections. They may create certain challenges; underground outfits are not so strong.

What is the position of your party?

We are contesting the elections by aligning with the Madheshi Janadhikar Nepal. We will win over ninety percent of the seats in the coming elections from Madhesh. In our election campaign, we have seen a lot of people are attracted to us. The Sadbhabana Party is very popular in Madhesh since we have waged a long struggle to establish the rights of the Madheshis.

What is the state of SLMM now?

It does not exist anymore. The SLMM represents just two parties. We don't have anything to do with it. In other words, it was dissolved.

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