Voting in Rukum East is yet to begin due to a tussle between Nepali Congress and Maoists

East Rukum

Rukum East, May 13

Voting in Pelma, ward 2 of Putha Uttarganga in the Rukum East district of Lumbini has not started yet as a part of the local elections.

Chief District Officer Krishna Bahadur Khadka says voting has not taken place due to tension in the area between the CPN-Maoist Centre and Nepali Congress cadres.

Khadka informs Nepali Congress cadres had asked the district officials to call a helicopter to take injured cadres to a hospital. But since the cadres only sustained minor injuries, Khadka and the District Administration Office denied Nepali Congress’ request.

Even though Nepali Congress cadres have withdrawn that demand, they, however, have taken a stand that they will not be taking part in the election, informs journalist Srijana Karki.

Khadka says they are holding discussions with both parties to begin voting in the area.

Since Pelma in Putha Uttarganga is remote, there are no cell receptions in the area. The place is two days walk from Rukumkot, the district headquarters.

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