KATHMANDU: After the government announced the date for the elections of the constituent assembly, efforts are on among political parties to forge consensus for electoral alliance. The parties have been seeking electoral alliance to garner majority in the CA election, so that they could draft the constitution of their type as they believe that the dissolved constituent assembly failed to draft new constitution as none of the forces garnered majority.
In similar bid Nepali Congress and Madhesi forces are planning to have alliance for the upcoming Constituent Assembly election. According to sources, some national and international forces are exploring the possibility of bringing together these two forces which have of late seen each other as political bete noire for their differences on federalism.
NC leader Bimalendra Nidhi and a top leader of a Madhesi party both admitted to this daily that an NC-Madhesi forces alliance is possible. “It is better for us to support Madhesi party candidates in Madhes than others. In democracy parties have their own views on governance and that should not prevent them from forging an alliance,” Nidhi added.
In the last CA election, Maoists emerged as the largest force in Madhes with around 24 per cent votes in proportional representation and 42 seats under first-past-the-post system — out of 116 constituencies in the region.
National and international forces are said to be exploring the possibility of a democratic alliance because they think that such an alliance can only prevent UCPN-M from getting absolute majority.
Meanwhile, former prime minister and senior Nepali Congress (NC) leader Sher Bahadur Deuba has given continuity to his meetings with various agitating parties in a bid to bring them onboard the election process.
While on Tuesday he held meeting with the top leaders of the CPN-Maoist, Deuba held a separate meeting with Chairman of Federal Socialist Party (FSP) Ashok Rai on Wednesday.
According to NC source Deuba urged Rai to participate in the CA election and help draft a new constitution. He also assured that parties represented in the High Level Political Committee (HLPC) would try to address all their political concerns to create an environment for them to participate in the election process.
On the occasion, Rai told Deuba that his party had never announced to boycott the election process. “We want our demands met first. We have never told that we would boycott elections,” Nidhi quoted Rai as saying.
Rai´s FSP has demanded dissolution of the Regmi-led government, 601-member new CA with same number of seats under the First Past the Post and proportional electoral system and scrapping of the 11-point political deal and 25-point election ordinance. It has also demanded that Nepali citizens living abroad be allowed to vote in the election.
Deuba expedited his consultation with different political parties immediately after he returned from his India visit. Analysts say that Deuba is eyeing the post of Prime Minister as an alternative if disgruntled political parties continue to their demand of resignation of Chief Justice led election government for the election of the constituent assembly. NC president Sushil Koirala also remained skeptic about the initiation taken by Deuba as he does not have the capacity to hold such parleys. It is said that Koirala is not happy with Deuba after India accorded top priority to Deuba’s visit neglecting the Party President.
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