KATHMANDU, Nepal-With hardly three weeks left for the much-anticipated second Constituent Assembly (CA) polls scheduled to be held in November 19, the mounting anti-polls activities have posed a serious threat to both the candidates and the government.
The Capital Kathmandu, where security situation is relatively thought to be tighter witnessed series of violence when few vehicles used for polls campaign by the leaders of the major political parties were torched.
An unidentified group of person set ablaze a jeep owned by central committee member of the Nepali Congress (NC), Narahari Acharya at Dhapasi.
Acharya who is contesting the November 19 election from Kathmandu-5 under the first-past-the- post system accused the government of arranging poor security for the candidates. He said that the incident revealed a serious fault in the state’s security arrangements.
Likewise, another vehicle used by CPN-UML leader Rajendra Pandey was torched in front of the Narayanhiti museum’s northern gate, the heart of the Capital Kathmandu.
Pandey was taking part at the door to door programe of another top gun of the party, when an unidentified gang set on fire the vehicle and fled the scene.
Pandey said such activities left a negative impact on the public psyche and could influence the voter turnout on Election Day.
The same morning, an unidentified group of six persons attempted to torch a vehicle used by Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala for his poll campaign in Nepalgunj. Koirala was busy in door to door programme, as a part of election campaign at his constituency – 3 in Banke district when the accident took place.
The government has believed that fraction of Maoist party led by Mohan Baidhya were involved in the entire three incidents. The party that has announced to foil the upcoming polls at any cost, has accelerated the anti polls tone across the nation in the recent days.
Some other fringe parties have also announced to lend their hand to Baidhya in their attempts to disrupt the polls.
Report from Baglung said cadres of Rastriya Janamorcha allegedly thrashed the activists of the CPN-UML, leaving half a dozen seriously injured.
In Nuwakot, a quarrel between UCPN-Maoist’s supporters and activists of Nepali Congress left three congress cadres, including the district party committee member seriously injured.
Report from eastern hilly district Ilam said UCPN-Maoist candidate Ramesh Lingden and two of his supporters were injured when Maoist cadres belonging to Baidhya mercilessly thrashed the former.
Similar natures of clashes were also reported in various districts in terai region, located at southern belt of Nepal. Western hilly districts: Palpa, Surkhet, Salyan, Rolpa, Rukkum among others also witnessed clashes between two rival activists.
A group of around 25-30 CPN-Maoist activists also torched the vehicle and motorcycles used for polls campaigning in Rolpa, according to police.
Reports said, CPN-Maoist cadres looted election material in Mugu and Surkhet on Sunday night and Monday respectively.
Meantime, Nepal Police spokesperson DIG Nawaraj Silwal said his office is doing its best to check anti-poll activities. ‘We have held many people involved in anti-poll activities across the country. No one will be excused ‘, a local FM station quoted Silwal as saying.
In the meantime, experts view the failure of the government to provide proper security to a top party leader as a serious security lapse.