KATHMANDU: At a time when the government and High Level Political mechanism have been trying to woo agitating political parties to take part in the elections of the constituent assembly, the 33-party alliance led by the CPN-Maoist is eyeing to form a common front with the other parties who are also opposing the Constituent Assembly elections.
A five-member talks team headed by CPN-Maoist Secretary Dev Gurung has started dialogues with disgruntled parties, including Ashok Rai-led Federal Socialist Party Nepal (FSPN) and the Federal Democratic Front chaired by Upendra Yadav.
Despite joining hands with the 33-party alliance, both Rai and Yadav have been protesting under separate banners. A broader alliance is likely to strengthen their protests.
Although their official demands seem difficult to be met, Yadav and Rai have shown flexibility to a certain extent. The FSPN chairman said his party could consider participating in the elections if the government okays 60 percent seats under the proportional representation system and 40 percent seats under the direct election. A proposal of holding joint protest programs by 42 political parties to that effect is likely to be tabled in a meeting of 42 parties scheduled to be held soon.
The 33 parties have been demanding a political government instead of the present non-partisan one as well as annulment of the 11-point and 25-point agreements reached among the four major parties. The alliance is holding a broader interaction on June 23.
Meanwhile an influential leader of Tarai JP Gupta, who is spearheading the Tarai-Madhes National Campaign after his release from jail, is looking forward to joining the Mahantha Thakur-led Tarai Madhes Democratic Party (TMDP).
Sources said JP Gupta, a former CA member, is seeking to join TMDP in a bid to consolidate the strength of Madhes-based parties in the Constituent Assembly election. Former CA member and member of JP Gupta-led campaign Sarita Kumari Sah revealed that preparations were on for merger of the Gupta-led group with TMDP.
According to party insiders, TMDP is also mulling a merger with Gachchhadar-led MPRF-D. “Our campaign will gain further momentum after unification with TMDP. This will eventually help us win seats in Madhes,” she added.
A senior TMDP leader, however, said that they would try their best to form a unified Madhesi party under the leadership of Mahantha Thakur. “This is the desire of India. India wishes to see a strong Madhesi party under Thakur,” the leader revealed.
The leader said that they will have one important agenda of a single Madhes province. “We are ready for alliance or unification with any party that shares our agenda. We are ready to make any sacrifice for an autonomous Madhes province,” the leader further added.
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