October 23, 2021, Saturday
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Politicos seek to impress voters

The Nepal Weekly
September 28, 2021

By TNW correspondent

The big political parties are currently busy reorganizing the internal politics and preparing for the parliamentary polls. The leaders’ speeches in public gathering and in private meetings indicate the trend in a clear manner.

Opposition party leaders had initiated the poll campaign-type public speeches some months ago as they were tackling, unsuccessfully, the issues of not allowing the break-up of CPN UML. With the party truncated, the leaders are now intensifying their mutual accusation of division in the party.

CPN UML chief and former PM Oli these days offers, in his speeches, criticism of the current government, the ruling coalition of five parties and its failure to structure a government for offering minimum basic public services. He claims to emerge as the dominant majority political force in the polls.

Maoist Centre Chief Prachanda criticizes Oli for damaging broad leftist interest in the country by pursuing a dictatorial path in the name of implementing republican constitution. So does Madhav Nepal, the top leader of CPN Unified Socialist. He also claims that his new party would gain majority support from the voters in the election.

Nepali Congress, one insider confirmed, does two things: reorganizing the party internally and maintaining the spirit of coalition with the Maoist Centre, CPN US, JSP, LSP and Jana Morcha. It has not yet targeted the polls in public speeches. Managing political aspirations of its own leaders has cropped up as major challenge for the party.

Small political parties have not yet been able to chart their path towards polls. They look ready to form coalition with the like-minded ones. Yet no clear road map in this direction has been worked out, said a leader of a small party represented in the parliament. 

Poll preparation will pick up speed after the festivals particularly after the parties finish their annual conclave at the outset of the winter, said a reliable source. Some parties not represented in the current parliament are also preparing themselves for the next general election with a view to at least maintaining presence in the country’s political spectrum.