KATHMANDU: As the High Level Political Committee and the government has been trying to garner support from the agitating political parties for holding the elections of the constituent assembly on time the Ashok Rai-led Federal Socialist Party Nepal (FSPN) is likely to follow in the CPN-Maoist and its 32 allies’ footsteps as it has decided to foil the Constituent Assembly elections held under the ‘existing circumstances’.
A meeting of the party’s Standing Committee on Sunday unanimously agreed to launch ‘result-oriented protests’, which might include a ‘forceful retaliation’ in the long run. Its decision comes after several rounds of futile talks with the government and some political parties through formal and informal channels.
The party is reportedly making internal preparations for a fresh round of protests, expected to start this month. Leaders said that an anti-election campaign will begin with an awareness drive and end with “people’s revolt” across the country. Earlier the party held discussion with the government and softened its stance for the elections.
Like other dissident parties campaigning against the November elections, the FSPN has been demanding an end to the four-party ‘political syndicate’ by terminating the 11-point and 25-point agreements. However the four major political parties have been vowing not to compromise on the demand of dissenting parties to call the resignation of the Chief Justice led election government and also the deferring the elections of the constituent assembly. Unlike the CPN-Maoist and its allies, Rai and Yadav have already registered their parties at the Election Commission.
The party’s other demands are keeping a 60:40 ratio of proportional CA seats intact and providing voting rights to Nepali diasporas, among other things. Earlier, the party had collaborated with the CPN-Maoist-led 33 parties alliance to launch a protest against the election date announcement. But the FSPN refused backed out citing differences over their demands. FSPN leaders are particularly irked with the High-level Political Committee (HLPC) for paying attention to the 33-party alliance.
The HLPC and the government have formally written to the CPN-Maoist led 33-party alliance to sit for talks for holding the elections of the constituent assembly on time. The party was formed after deserting CPN-UML.
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