Election Commission probing Arzu Rana Deuba’s no-budget statement

File: Nepali Congress leader Arzu Rana Deuba
File: Nepali Congress leader Arzu Rana Deuba

Kathmandu, May 8

The Election Commission says it has launched an investigation into the controversial statement of Nepali Congress leader Arzu Rana Deuba in which she has said the government will not release any budget to the local units that do not have the Nepali Congress leadership.

The statement made by Rana Deuba, who is also the spouse of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, is apparently a breach of the local election code of conduct and abuse of authority.

As reported, she had appealed to the voters in the Dadeldhura district to not vote for a particular independent candidate.

The commission says it has assigned an undersecretary to look into the issue and it is preparing to ask her for clarification on Sunday itself.

A commission official says Arzu Rana Deuba has made a second statement also that contradicts the election code of conduct. The leader in Kailali had said she would send some of the people supporting her during the election campaign to Malaysia for jobs free of cost.

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