JANAKPURDHAM, DHANUSHA — As the third phase of the September 18 local elections is drawing closer, the intensity of election campaign is increasing in Dhanusa. This time around, the common agenda for the polls is to develop Janakpurdham as a prosperous city. Janakpurdham falls within Janakpur Sub Metropolitan City.
Other issues like making the capital city of ancient Mithila as the capital of Province 2, promoting it as the centre of religion, tourism and culture, and constructing and repairing roads are on the priority list promised in order to woo voters by the various political parties competing in the polls.
Election scenario has spilled over into every nook and cranny in the city like main interjections, and tea stalls over who will win this time.
The locals argue that a competition will take place among party candidates as unlike in previous polls no rebel candidate from the Nepali Congress (NC) has filed his or her candidacy this time from the city.
In the past two local elections, Brishesh Chandra Lal and Bajranga Sah, rebel candidates from the NC, had won for mayor in the Sub Metropolis.
Manoj Sah, who is vying for mayor in the Sub Metropolis from the NC, said his candidacy filing aims to make the city excellent religious city, and make the city the capital of Province 2. Sah was met at an election campaign.
Likewise, Lal Kishor Sah, who is competing for the same post from Rastriya Janata Party pledges to carry out development in the city, while Laxmi Narayan Bhagat, who has fielded his candidacy from the CPN-UML for the same post, commits to resume operation of Rajshree Janak University remaining closed for ages.
Other candidates vying for the same position are Chandra Shekhar Sah from the CPN (Maoist Centre), Bishnu Dev Sah from the Sanghiya Samajwadi Forum Nepal, Hamsha Raj Sah from Loktantrik Forum and Umesh Sah from Naya Shakti Nepal.
A total of 19 persons have filed their candidacy from various political parties for mayor in the Sub Metropolitan City, while 15 for deputy mayor, 227 for ward chairperson, and 305 for ward members.
The Sub Metropolis has a total of 25 wards at present, an increment from 16 in the past, with a total of 75,594 eligible voters. A total of 130 people’s representatives will be elected from the polls, according to chief returning officer Radha Krishna Upreti. RSS