As Nepal is heading towards a long-awaited socio-economic and political transformation, the country’s major political parties have set their future goals in the light of the upcoming general elections.
The elections, slated to be held on November 26 and December 7, 2017, has three major political forces Nepali Congress, Communist Alliance of CPN-UML and CPN-MC and Madhes-based parties in the race.
Wooing voters for the promising elections, all the three parties have already announced their political manifestos for the parliamentary and provincial assembly elections 2017.
The ruling Nepali Congress (NC) was the first to announce political manifesto for the country’s legislative elections 2017.
NC released its manifesto on October 31, 2017 amidst the presence of the party president and the Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, among other senior leaders.
With major focus on social welfare, economic development and security, NC promised an integrated Social Security Program to ensure universal health insurance coverage, 100 percent high school enrolment for children, contribution-based pension schemes for formal and informal sector personnel, and unemployment allowances.
Besides, the party also pledged reforms in the industrial, agriculture tourism and infrastructure sectors, while highlighting enhancement of bilateral ties with the bordering India and China as part of the country’s foreign policy.
“The Congress party had been leading the struggle against totalitarian regimes since 1950. This time the party wanted to lead the nation towards prosperity,” said Deuba on the occasion.
In a major political shift in Nepali politics, major communist parties CPN-UML and CPN-MC formed a grand leftist alliance for the upcoming general elections.
Pitching on the need for leftist rule in the country, the communist alliance announced their manifesto for the upcoming elections on November 07, 2017 with poverty alleviation, employment, clean environment and long-term development of the country as their agendas on top priority.
The left alliance pledged on increasing Nepal’s per capita income to USD 5000 within 10 years of forming the government and said their government will have Tarai, Madhes, Hills and Himalayan communities on board.
RPP, called as the royalist political party of Nepal, pitched for consistent focus on Hindu nation status of Nepal, strong local governments, economic liberalism and democracy with constitutional monarchy, in its manifesto for upcoming elections.
As a whole, the manifesto called for socio, political and economic transformation of Nepal within the purview of constitutional and democratic processes, along with reforms in other major areas.
The Madhes-based parties, Rastriya Janata Party Nepal and Federal Socialist Forum Nepal, announced constitutional amendment as the key agenda of their joint political manifesto for upcoming polls.
The two parties forged alliance in the Province 2 for the provincial and parliamentary elections and have formed a common manifesto.
The parties pitched on the need for developmental programs in line with the agriculture, tourism and water sources.