Dharan Sub-Metropolitan City Mayor Harka Sampang Rai. (File photo)
KATHMANDU: The mayor of Dharan sub-metropolitan city, Hark Sampang Rai, has said that the mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Balen Shah, has been put under siege and all the independent candidates have to stand with him.
Writing on social media on Saturday, the Dharan Mayor made it clear that he (Harka) is with Balen on all the reform endeavors.
“It is the demand of the time, it’s time for independents to unite! Balen Shah, the independent mayor, is under siege! That is scandalous! I am with him,” Mayor Harka wrote.
A few days ago, Mayor Shah was criticized after the Kathmandu Metropolitan Municipality tried to evacuate the land captured by the squatters using a dozer.
Opposing the move of the metropolis, CPN-UML Chairman KP Oli commented that Balen had played a prank on the slums. Mayor Shah gave a strong reaction to Oli’s statement and said that the political parties have been exploiting the squatters as mere vote banks.
Similarly, UML leader Bhim Rawal also raised questions on social media regarding the meeting between Mayor Shah and the American ambassador.