Nepali Congress decides to partner with some communist forces for local elections

Despite being poles apart in terms of political ideology, Nepal’s grand old democratic party Nepali Congress has decided to form an electoral alliance with radical communist forces including Maoist (Center).

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Kathmandu: Despite fierce opposition from leaders close to the Shekhar Koirala faction, the central working committee of the ruling Nepali Congress on Tuesday decided in the favor of an electoral alliance with the ruling coalition parties for the next local level elections. 

The meeting of the Nepali Congress has decided to continue the incumbent ruling coalition–of Nepali Congress, CPN-Maoist Center, CPN (Unified Socialist, Janata Samajbadi Party Nepal–as an electoral alliance as per the necessities and circumstances of the ground in the upcoming elections.

Dr Prakash Saran Mahat, spokesperson for the party confirmed the decision. 

“The electoral alliance will be formed as per the necessities and situations,” he told the media. 

The decision comes despite some prominent leaders of the Nepali Congress strongly denying an electoral alliance with communist parties, especially with the CPN (Maoist Center). At Monday’s meeting, Koirala said that Nepali Congress should not decide in favor of an electoral alliance with communist parties, ignoring the ideology of the party. 

The CWC meeting had begun on Friday to discuss the electoral alliance.

Many leaders believe that the decision of the coalition put Nepali Congress in a defenseless position. In the past, Congress cadres suffered from Maoists and now the party’s decision to partner with the same force is something unfortunate, a leader close to Koirala told Nepal Live Today.