UML, Maoist Center, Nayashakti to be unified; Alliance between three parties is a new chapter in Nepal’s politics: Oli

Merger of Commuist PartiesKathmandu / Oct 3: The chiefs of three major left political parties CPN-UML, CPN (Maoist Center) and Nayashakti Party Nepal have announced to forge election alliance and contest the upcoming central and provincial parliament elections. They also announced that they will subsequently unify the three parties.

“We have already constituted a unification coordination committee that will immediately start unification process,” UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli announced in a function at Rastriya Sabhagriha on Tuesday. “We have also agreed to contest the upcoming elections jointly.”

Babu Ram Bhattarai-led Naya Shakti is all set to join a coalition of UML-MC followed by party unification and the parties have agreed to form a joint committee to facilitate the parties for the unification after the parliamentary elections.

The official announcement was made during the joint press meet held at City Hall at 5 PM this evening. The leaders of three parties finalized the agreement paper at parliamentary party office of CPN-UML at Singh Durbar. During the press meet, UML chair KP Sharma Oli, MC chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Naya Shakti coordinator Babu Ram Bhattarai signed a seven-point agreement paper.

Bhattarai will contest the upcoming elections with ‘sun’ symbol. The parties also made public a declaration paper although UML and MC will not share a common election symbol.

Alliance between three parties is a new chapter in Nepal’s politics: Oli

CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli has remarked that the unification between his party CPN-UML, CPN (Maoist Centre) and Naya Shakti Party Nepal is the beginning of a new chapter in Nepal’s politics.

At a programme organised to announce the electoral alliance between the parties in the upcoming Parliamentary elections and subsequent unification of the parties in Kathmandu on Tuesday, Oli underscored the need for unifying the parties to form a single communist party dedicated to the country and people.

He added that the parties are forging an electoral alliance for the upcoming Parliamentary and provincial elections apart from the unification. He claimed that it wouldn’t be possible for the parties to contest in the elections under the same election symbol due to legal complications.

Saying that the proposed unification and electoral alliance are not against any political parties, leader Oli, who is also a former Prime Minister, said that other political parties—except communist party—can also join hands in the unification process. “Leftist, progressive and democratic parties can also take part in the unification,” he said.

He remarked that all kinds of discrimination and oppression based on geography, profession, caste, religion would end after the unification. “The unification was needed for justice, rights, opportunities, security and high respect to everyone,” said Oli.

He made it clear that the unification was done because national interest is more important that personal interest. “We will maintain our foreign relations based on balanced, friendly, equality and as an independent nation,” he added.

Unification of three parties not against NC: Dahal

CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has remarked that the unification and electoral alliance between the communist parties are not against Nepali Congress (NC).

At a programme organised to announce the electoral alliance between the parties in the upcoming Parliamentary elections and subsequent unification of the parties in Kathmandu on Tuesday, Dahal said that the merger process was initiated for national interests. He said his overdue dream of forming a single communist party after the beginning of peace process is now turning into reality.

“It’s strange in politics, sometimes the things that are deemed possible doesn’t happen, and other times the things that are believed to be impossible happen,” said Dahal, “This was the result of historical demand.”

Dahal said that though the unification is only between the communist forces, the parties are open to forge electoral alliance with other democratic forces.

Saying that the new constitution has imagined a politically stable state progressing towards socialism, Dahal said that the unification of communist forces have created the foundation for socialism.

“We are motivated by an objective to give a message to the world by forming a new model of socialism,” said Dahal.

He said that the determination to implement the new constitution based on national consensus couldn’t be realised after its promulgation. “The plan couldn’t materialise after the then Prime Minister Sushil Koirala decided to again run the Prime Ministerial election,” said Dahal.

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