SINDHULI, March 2: With the much-awaited local level elections slated for May 14 less than two and a half months away, politicians from various parties have expedited visits to their electoral constituencies in their bid to woo the voters.
Political parties have been conducting various programs and gatherings in the villages targeting the voters. Ministers and central level leaders of Nepali Congress (NC), CPN (Maoist Center), UML, Rastriya Prajatantra Party etc have started attending various programs conducted in the villages. Leading political parties have directed their cadres to launch campaigns aimed at convincing the locals to participate in the polls. On the other hand, the election fever seems to have already gripped the locals as well.
Naya Shakti Nepal led by former Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai has started carrying out various activities to raise the people's awareness about the local elections, which are to happen almost after two decades. According to Dipak Kumar Ghimire, district secretary of NC, the party has mobilized more than 300 cadres at the electoral constituencies in the district for publicity campaigns.
Political leaders have been trying to attract the villagers through their speeches. They have been able to grab the attention of the locals by promising new services and opportunities for the villagers.
According to Mahendra Dev Shrestha of UML, the party has been busy carrying out election campaigns in the villages. “We have conducted programs at various places. The people's response to such programs was quite good and we will continue organizing such programs,” said Shrestha.
Likewise, the cadres of CPN (Maoist Center) claimed that they have been doing their best to attract the voters in the respective electoral constituencies. District chairperson of the party, Rajan Dahal informed Republica that they have also kept themselves busy formulating plans and strategies to be successful in the elections.
The villagers in the district, on the other hand, are busy attending programs organized by various parties. The local elections have become the talk of the villages. The services and opportunities promised by the political leaders have made the villagers optimistic about development of their district.