October 4, 2017 07:09 AM NPT
KATHMANDU, Oct 4: Ruling Nepali Congress (NC) party leaders have termed the electoral alliance between ruling CPN (Maoist Center) and main opposition CPN-UML as well as other forces as unnatural and undemocratic.
The NC has called a party working committee meeting for Wednesday to ponder the new political development following the decision on electoral alliance between the three leftist parties. Some senior NC leaders held discussions about how the Maoist decision to form an alliance with UML would be in breach of a previous electoral-alliance understanding with the NC.
NC senior leader Ram Chandra Paudel termed the alliance an undemocratic and opportunistic move. “The leftist alliance is undemocratic and indicative of a disaster for the country and for democracy. The opportunistis move could affect the process of institutionalizing federalism and democracy,” Paudel told Republica.
“We for our part will lobby for a democratic alliance as the leftist parties have indicated a polarization between communist and democratic forces,” he said.
Mahesh Acharya, another NC leader, urged the Maoists and UML to focus on concluding the upcoming polls peacefully and on the prosperity of the country instead of forming ideological alliances.
“It is unnatural for a ruling party to form an electoral alliance with opposition forces. NC wants that no political developments occur in the country during the constitution implementation phase as this could invite political instability,” said the NC senior leader after the meeting on Tuesday.