VICTORY OF LEFT ALLIANCE IN NEPAL

11 January 2018
WHEN the results for the elections to the parliament and provincial councils in Nepal based on a mix of First Pass The Post and proportional representation have come out, the alliance of Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist) and Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) has scored a massive victory at both levels. The alliance of rightist Nepali Congress, royalists and Hindutva communal forces suffered thorough defeat. It is a victory of the popular forces in the country. It shall end two decades of political instability and provides a great opportunity for implementing programs of social change. If this challenge is taken up by the left alliance, it shall strengthen the people’s movement in the country. If the anti-feudal, anti-imperialist tasks are taken up, if a people oriented development is put in to practice rejecting the neo-liberal policies, if a self-reliant policy is pursued combating the interference of both India and China, it shall provide encouragement to the people’s movement all over the world.

The return to power of CPN(UML) leader Oli as Prime Minister is a big loss of face for Modi govt. It had covertly supported a six month long blockade of all goods to this land locked country to help the Madhesi groups to come to mainstream. This bullying led Nepal govt. to move closer to China. In retaliation, Indian govt started maneuvering against Oli govt and brought coalition of CPN(Maoist Centre) and Nepali Congress to power. But by the beginning of this year the Maoist Centre stared moving towards UML, and their alliance has come to power. The progressive forces should condemn all forms of Indian interference in Nepal and extend support to the Nepalese people in their endev-our to advance towards self-reliance and social justice. 
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