PALUNGTAR (GORKHA), Nov 16: CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli and CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal stood in the same stage on Wednesday in Palungtar of Gorkha district to canvass for votes in the coming parliamentary and provincial elections.
A few weeks earlier, Maoist Center severed its ties with the ruling Nepali Congress and joined the left alliance led by the CPN-UML.
Speaking at the rally, UML chair Oli said the two parties would be unified after the elections and urged voters to elect the left alliance candidates -- be they UML leaders or Maoist leaders.
He said that the left alliance is for stability and claimed that the alliance is necessary to push the country toward the path of development.
Speaking from the same stage, Maoist Center chair Dahal said the left alliance has brought excitement across the country. Recalling the Maoist insurgency, he said, "We started the people's war from Gorkha, and people here have contributed a lot to it. Gorkha maintained its legacy in the previous elections, will do so again."
Dahal was quite critical of the ruling NC, saying that NC leaders lost their minds after formation of the left alliance. Along with NC, he also spent his energies ridiculing former Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, who quit Dahal's party to form his own Naya Shakti Party.
Bhattarai is contesting for parliament from Gorkha constituency 2, where the left alliance has fielded Narayan Kaji Shrestha of Maoist Center.
Oli and Dahal travelled to Gorkha by separate helicopters.