KATHMANDU, Nov 7: The Left alliance jointly prepared manifesto for the election to the House of Representatives and State Assemblies is officially unveiling amid a program in the capital on Tuesday.
The CPN (UML) and CPN (Maoist Center) including other fringe left parties have forged an alliance in view of the November 26 and December 7 elections.
The election manifesto will be released jointly by UML chair KP Sharma Oli and Maoist Center chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal in the presence of senior leaders of both parties at a function to be held at the Royal Banquet at Tinkune in the capital.
It is stated that the manifesto has incorporated various popular programs including social security, developmental projects, program related to economic growth, increasing domestic production, strengthening nationality, lessening in import of goods, and preparing grounds for socialism among others.
Under the theme of Peace, Democracy, Sovereignty and Dignity, the manifesto says justice and prosperity figure at the top of the ‘communist plan’. It says communist leadership is necessary to ensure prosperity based on socialism.
The state shall take leadership position in ensuring national independence, universalism, geographical integrity, national security, border defence, harmonious international relations, development of infrastructure of national importance, education, health, drinking water, social security and environmental sectors, according to the manifesto.
The alliance has also pledged to have a ship bearing the national flag on the basis of the rights of landlocked countries. It has also committed to conduct feasibility study for developing waterways in Koshi, Gandaki and Karnali rivers.
The alliance will increase the number of aircraft of Nepal Airlines to boost the tourism sector, and also encourage private-sector air service operators, the manifesto says.
The two parties have pledged to upgrade airports in Biratnagar, Nepalgunj, Surkhet and Dhangadi to international standard, and modernize and upgrade domestic airports to make them more secure and to ensure smooth operations.
The alliance has also pledged to expand and upgrade the country’s sole international airport, Tribhuvan International Airport, and build a second international airport in Nijgadh within five years. The manifesto says the upgradation of Bhairahawa airport will be completed in three years, while Pokhara International airport will be completed in two years.
The alliance has envisioned attracting 5 million tourists in the next 10 years and establishing training centers for guides, developing necessary tourism infrastructure and promoting the market. It has also planned to set up a ‘Tourism University’ to develop necessary manpower for tourism development. It will launch monorail and cable car services to various important tourism destinations. It will also develop at least one tourist spot in each local-level unit with local flair.
On revenue sharing, the alliance has pledged to share 50 per cent of the national revenue with local and provincial units for infrastructure development for the next five years.
It has also planned to develop a master plan to construct buildings for provincial government secretariat, province chief’s office, chief minister’s office, provincial assembly, high courts, local administration offices, conference halls, schools, universities, integrated service centers, hospitals, community service centres and security posts. The alliance plans to construct these buildings within two years.