Nepal’s UML and Maoists announce alliance, to strive for single left party

The two parties have also decided to include Naya Shakti party led by Baburam Bhattarai, a breakaway Maoist leader and Federal socialist party led by UpendraYadav in the alliance.

Written by Yubaraj Ghimire | Kathmandu | Updated: October 5, 2017 8:00 pm
Communist Party of Nepal chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Unified Marxist Leninist chief KP Oli. (File)

After days of secret parleys, two biggest communist Parties, Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist and the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist Centre, Tuesday announced that they would contest elections to the provincial and federal parliament in alliance. This will be the first step towards forming single Left party in the country.

UML chief K P Oli and Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal made the announcement at a joint press conference asserting that the proposed unification was a “historic necessity solely in the interest of Nepal and its people”.

Baburam Bhattarai, a breakaway Maoist leader and another former Prime Minister, also signed a 7-point agreement released during the press conference as a junior partner in the unity exercise.

The initiative towards the unity injects uncertainty in a politically unstable Nepal, especially to the fate of the four-month-old coalition government led by Nepali Congress chairman Sher Bahadur Deuba with the Maoists as a major partner.

Dahal met Prime Minister Deuba twice – first for an hour, and second time for 25 minutes – to assure that despite the new electoral alliance, the current coalition government will continue till the elections proposed in two phases November 26 and December 7.

The Nepali Congress took the the coalition partner’s move as an act of “deceit” and said it does not augur well for the country and democracy. The party will be assessing the likely outcome and possible next course at a meeting on Wednesday.

Experts were divided over the possibility of a no-trust motion being moved and Deuba replaced by the alliance as the new Prime Minister.

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    Bhola Nath Upadhyay
    Oct 6, 2017 at 8:03 pm
    Nepal's public understands it well that this unification will go well in the direction of maintaining a long term stability in Nepal and in peoples' lives. It will also foster a balanced relationship with 2 of its immediate and equally valuable neighbours, India and China, the 2 regional powers of Asia. Peoples aspirations, especially after Nepal became a republic and a cons ution was promulgated, are directed more towards the development of the country through an equitable harnessing of its nature-given resources, on which agenda, both of its neighbours are expected to join hands "together".
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      Bihari Krishna
      Oct 4, 2017 at 9:38 pm
      Oli clearly has a score to settle with Nepali Congress and New Delhi. His government was toppled in 2015 with India playing the villain and Prachanda India's pawn in the game. Now, three factors seem to have been at work to bring these two adversaries together. Firstly, there is a section in the UML that had been working to bring these "left" parties together. Secondly, the recent local bodies' election showed that despite "alliance" between NC and Maoist Centre, in Prachanda's own words, the NC cadres had problem voting for the Maoist candidates and vice versa. Since the Maoists' fortunes has been steadily sinking in the polls the last few years, it was no longer advisable for Prachanda to stick with the NC, particularly in view of the very attractive terms UML has proffered, 40 percent of poll seats. This also gives Prachanda an opportunity to rebuild the bridge with Oli whom he had purposely let down in 2015. So, all indications are that Deuba's days at the helm seem to be numbered.
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        Swabhiman Sapkota
        Oct 4, 2017 at 5:30 pm
        Formation of EPG for peace and friendship treaty 1950 between Nepal -India , PM Deuba on Delhi defending China as a good neighbor of Nepal , Government standing strong on 6 month long Indian Blockade , signing OBOR with China with High Speed Nepal- China Railway etc etc clearly shows that Nepal Government Stance to replace so called close brotherhood relationship with India with Same Distance Relation between Beijing and Delhi . The sooner India will realized it will be better for South East Asia . Nepal wants to have same relationship with China , India , Pakistan , Bangladesh or others south Asian Countries . Some of my Indian friends think Nepal is benefited so much from 1950 Treaty so I want to challenge Nepal is willing to loose all of those benefit so are you ? #IndianBlockadeInNepal #EPG #NepalIndiaRelation #OBOR #SameDistanceRelation #BeijingDelhi
        1. Krishna k c
          Oct 4, 2017 at 7:39 am
          Parties can go left and rihgt.But a country's diplomacy should not be any party or region centric the case of Nepal, it is babudom of Laincaur Durbar that played its high handedness in the conduct of diplomacy in Nepal.It is time for Indian establishment to correct its course and show the perceptive fairness its diplmacy towards all parties in Nepal.The geo political location dictates a number of constraints.Both parties must understand this reality for a good rapport between India and Nepal.
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            Bijay Raj Bhat
            Oct 3, 2017 at 8:52 pm
            It was a great mistake in the past by Sonia led UPA govt to trust communists of Nepal and using them against multiparty parlimentay system and cons ution Hindu monarch for short term geo-political gain. Now it seems game is out of hand of India and reached into hands of China. Although EU and US are major beneficiaries of radical political change in Nepal.
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