Emerging Left Alliance: Hopes And Fears

Today, there are 125 plus political parties in Nepal. With this, Nepal will not get a majority government in the near future, nor any coalition government will survive for more than 18 months

Oct. 15, 2017, 11:09 a.m. Published in Magazine Issue: VOL.11, No.06,October 13- 2017 (Ashwin 27, 2074)

Continued political instability has been a serious issue in Nepal, having 23 governments in the last 25 years. No government after the restoration of a multi-party parliamentary system in 1990 has completed its full term of 5 years. No need to mention, the political instability is hampering socio-economic development in the country.

 Today, there are 125 plus political parties in Nepal. With this, Nepal will not get a majority government in the near future, nor any coalition government will survive for more than 18 months. I have expressed my views at different times that political restructuring should proceed in parallel with the state restructuring in the country.

 Now, the politics have taken a new turn by talks of an electoral alliance and subsequent unity between the CPN (UML), CPN (Maoist Centre) and Naya Shakti Party.They say political stability is on the main agenda. Obviously, there are reasons for their alliance in order to consolidate the left-leaning votes in the federal and provincial elections. This would also mean to ensure the topmost positions.

 To counter the left alliance, the Nepali Congress is looking to strike a similar alliance of democratic forces for the upcoming provincial and federal parliamentary elections. The Nepali Congress is holding meetings with Rashtriya Janata Party (RJP), SanghiyaSamajwadi Forum Nepal, RPP and RPP (Prajatantrik) to discuss the formation of an alliance.

 On the surface, both these alliances are seen as a way to hold power. There is a past history of coming together and breaking up in the left, right and centrist political parties. There are fears that the alliances will not last long because they do not have common agendas on governance, nationalism and foreign policies. There is an uncertainty.

 Giving the benefit of doubts, the unity amongst the political parties is positive for political stability and development. Nepal does not need more than 3 or 4 political parties. Fewer and stronger parties will have longevity and political maturity over time.

 Learning key characteristics of political parties in varied democracies in the world, it’s the “feudal character” that breaks the alliances and service delivery at the interest of the common people.

 It requires the following three conditions to be met:

 -      Internal democracy: how will the political parties within the alliance conduct business, discharge duties, strengthen decentralization and promote meritocracy in compliance with constitutional provisions?

-      Inclusion: how will they within the alliance promote inclusion of party cadres of different caste, class, gender, and ethnicities in leadership?

-      Financial integrity: how will they within the alliance ensure transparency in party financing and expenses?

 It’s a historical necessity that Nepal should have political stability. Let’s be hopeful that the alliances can work in parallel to fulfill these conditions, and can provide competent leadership with vision, integrity, and action.


Dr. Prabin Manandhar

Dr. Prabin Manandhar

Dr. Manandhar is an expert of international development. Currently, he is working as Country Director of The Lutheran World Federation. He is the Former Chair of the Association of International NGOs in Nepal (AIN). He is also a visiting faculty at the Ka

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