KATHMANDU, August 22: Senior leaders of the Loktantrik Samajwadi Party (LSP) have said that they are still waiting for the reply of Prime Minister and Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba on whether he intends to bring their party onboard the government and make a part of the electoral alliance.
On Thursday, LSP Chairman Mahant Thakur held a meeting with President Deuba and asked him to give a clear answer as soon as possible whether his party will be included in the electoral alliance. "We have asked the prime minister to give a clear answer on whether he intends to bring us into the five-party alliance," said a top leader of LSP Rajendra Mahato. "Now, we are waiting for the prime minister's answer."
Mahato said that efforts are being made to meet Deuba again to get his final words. He said that his party will hold talks with other parties about the alliance after Deuba gives his answer. “There has not been any discussions with the UML about the electoral alliance as of now,” he said.
In the meeting held on August 18, President Deuba had proposed to the leaders of LSP to participate in the five-party alliance and the government. LSP leaders are excited about becoming part of the government and ruling alliance after Deuba’s words.
Sources said LSP leaders have already expressed their readiness to join the five-party alliance as they believe that it would be easier for them to secure victory in the upcoming Provincial Assembly and parliamentary elections.
A section of LSP leaders said that Prime Minister Deuba has not been able to take any decision to bring them onboard the ruling alliance as Janata Samajbadi Party (JSP) led by Upendra Yadav and CPN (Maoist Center) are not positive about their participation in the alliance. Sources, however, said that Deuba is determined to bring the LSP onboard the ruling alliance.