Left alliance to launch East-West campaign from November 5During the party’s campaign for local levels polls, CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal had claimed that the party that opted for the Mechi-Mahakali campaign would surely lose the polls.
Tika R Pradhan
During the party’s campaign for local levels polls, CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal had claimed that the party that opted for the Mechi-Mahakali campaign would surely lose the polls. While he was hinting at the CPN-UML which had called for such a campaign, he was also speaking of his experience of the second Constituent Assembly elections for which the Maoist party also had organised such a campaign and then faced a drubbing.
But the UML made most of its Mechi-Mahakali campaign and emerged as the largest party in the local level elections. The only region where the UML fared badly in the local polls was Province 2, where its’ campaign had faced obstructions.
Six people had even died when police opened fire on a group of people who were protesting against the UML’s local election campaign.
Now, the Maoist Centre, which has formed a left alliance with the UML, has agreed to launch a similar campaign starting November 5 for the upcoming federal and provincial polls scheduled for November 26 and December 7. The only difference this
time is the alliance is calling it Taplejung-Darchula campaign. Taplejung is a district in Mechi in the East and Darchula is a district in Mahakali in the West.
The left alliance, it seems, also is trying to avoid Mechi and Mahakali, which are zones, and they will be become obsolete in the new federal setup.
Chairmen of both the alliance partners are scheduled to address the campaigns for the first phase of polls which will take place in 23 districts.
“Top leaders and the members of the party unity coordination committee will address the mass gatherings,” said Maoist Centre Spokesperson Pampha Bhusal.
The alliance has directed all its provincial and district committees to form joint
seven-member structures for the polls, including joint party unity coordination
committees, joint publicity committees and intellectuals committees, which will be tasked with organising gatherings and holding discussions about the significance of the party unification and electoral alliance and its future prospects.
The alliance has already started organising joint election gatherings at different places as per the directives from the central party unity coordination committee.
The youth wings of both the parties—Yuba Sangh Nepal and Young Communist League Nepal—have formed a 3001-strong Joint Election Mobilisation Committee.