Is government planning to postpone elections?

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The CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) that had announced the formation of the leftist alliance have said that they will protest if the government plans to postpone the upcoming federal and provincial elections. 

The two major leftist parties on Tuesday consulted legal experts about whether the government can postpone the elections and its constitutional aspects. However, the government has not put its views on it. 

Meanwhile, a Nepali Congress leader Prakash Man Singh has refused to say that the government has no plans to postpone the elections and said that the government does not own such rights.

Speaking at a tea reception organized in Chaksibari on the eve of Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) global conference, Singh said that the date of federal and provincial elections cannot be changed as the electoral process has already begun in the country.

PM's confidant and Minister for Finance Gyanendra Bahadur Karki had held the meeting with President Bidhya Devi Bhandari last Sunday, which raised doubts among leftist parties about the postponement of the elections.  

"During the meeting, Karki had put forth his curiosity whether the first phase of the federal and provincial elections slated for November 26 can be postponed due to the time constraints for parties due to the festivals," a source at Shital Niwas informed.

A source close to President said that President Bhandari had told Minister Karki that the country would plunge into a dispute if the elections are postponed without all-party consensus. 

"President Bhandari and Finance Minister Karki are relatives. Their meeting was personal. No issues related to the government were held during the meeting," a minister told. 

Karki's mother is President Bhandari’s aunt.

Meanwhile, a UML leader said, "The government is not only planning to postpone the first round of election but it's also planning to postpone all the federal and provincial elections."

"The PM had sent Karki to Shital Niwas to seek indirect help from President on this issue.”