Perhaps it’s not Election Commission but PM Deuba’s astrologer that recommends the poll date

File: Sher Bahadur Deuba's astrologer Suresh Chandra Rijal
File: Sher Bahadur Deuba’s astrologer Suresh Chandra Rijal

Kathmandu, August 2

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s astrologer Suresh Chandra Rijal has advised the date of November 20, 2022, for the next federal and provincial elections.

This date is two days later than the recommendation of the Election Commission. People close to Deuba say the prime minister is highly likely to abide by Rijal’s recommendation than the commission’s.

An official who attended Deuba’s meeting with the election commissioners in which the commission recommended the November 18 date official says Home Secretary Tek Narayan Pandey had floated the date of November 20 for the polls during the meeting as he was aware of the advice of Deuba’s astrologer.

In response, Deuba had asked the commissioners to not object if the date was changed by a couple of days.

Meanwhile, Chief Election Commissioner Dinesh Chandra Thapaliya has said the commission has been told that the government will announce November 20 as the election date.

Deuba’s confidant Prakash Sharan Mahat, the Nepali Congress spokesperson, has already stated publicly that the government will declare November 20 as the election date.

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