Although the CPN-UML, CPN Maoist Centre, and Naya Shakti Party Nepal have formed an electoral alliance to contest the upcoming provincial and parliamentary elections, the news political development raises the fate the coalition government led by Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba.
Despite the announcement of the new alliance, Maoist Center and CPN-UML have not made any public statement regarding the issue of government. However, it is reported that within a week they are considering to file a vote of a no-confidence motion against the government to replace Deuba by their own communist government.
The announcement of the alliance ends the decade-long political alliance started after signing the 12 points agreement between Nepali Congress and Communist parties.
If the new political development moves as their calculation, the new alliance will table the motion of vote of no confidence against the government by early next week. According to a source, the alliance leaders have already started the dialogue with RPP and Upendra Yadav led Federal Socialist Democratic Party.
Reading the agreement, CPN MC leader and Minister for Home Affairs Janardan Sharma said that after allocating the share of candidacy for the House of Representative elections, it would be divided into 60:40 ratio.
As the current parliament expires on October 21, one cannot rule out a possibility to reshuffle the government by Prime Minister Deuba’s just a day after the filing the nomination paper. Prime Minister Deuba will also likely to defer the elections scheduled for November 26 and December 7.
UML and Maoist Center leaders said serious discussions are underway within both the UML and Maoist Center about replacing the present government.
Although the change in the government could jeopardize the prospect of holding the polls within the stipulated dates, the political course will demand the replacement of present government.
Both provincial and federal elections must be held before the constitutional deadlines of January 21, 2018, to bring the new constitution into implementation. “This government will continue until holding the elections. There is no question to withdraw support or register no-confidence motion,” said Pushpa Kamal Dahal, leader of Maoist Center.
However, Nepali Congress leaders have started the discussions on the future political course including the fate of the government. Prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba reportedly hold a meeting with RPP leader Kamal Thapa and Upendra Yadav to preempt any move by Maoist-Center and CPN-UML.
Reading a six-point agreement, Sharma said that the three parties would merge and form a sole communist force after the elections.
“An eight-member unification coordination committee would be formed immediately to facilitate preparations for the merger, which the party said would be held as soon as possible after the polls.”
Similarly, Naya Shakti Party Coordinator Baburam Bhattarai said that the unification was a much-needed one. “This is a stepping stone for gathering a two-thirds majority in the Parliament for initiating the presidential system in the country.”
Likewise, Recalling the peace process, CPN Maoist Centre Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal said, “This merger is not against anyone. It has been for the country and its people. We have no hard feelings against anyone.”
“We had prepared some documents to form a single communist force earlier but things did not go as planned. But today, we thank everyone for this historical achievement and hope for a new revolution,” said Dahal,
CPN-UML Chairperson KP Sharma Oli said, “We have decided to a forged alliance to head the country towards development. The alliance is need of the hour. To head the economic, social and other aspects towards development, we have decided to go jointly.
The unity meeting was a history in the sense that it will likely to derail the present constitution and political alliance built since 2005-2006.