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3 parties to announce merger today
Jun 14, 2015-
Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Nepal (MJF-N), Federal Socialist Party Nepal (FSPN) and the Khas Samabeshi Party are set to announce their unification on Monday.
The three parties which have 15 lawmakers, including 10 from the MJF-N and 5 from the FSPN, in the Constituent Assembly have merged to intensify their efforts to revive the fast “fading” Madhesi and Janajati movement in the country.
The new unified party will be called Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum. The central committees of all three parties has already endorsed the new name. In a joint statement issued on Sunday, the three parties said that the existing political forces in the country are incapable of addressing the problems of Nepali society and ensure progressive change. They claimed that their unification will give birth to a “new alternative force” in the country.
Leaders have said that the unification was just a beginning of a long-conceived campaign to bring the regional and ethnic parties under one political banner.
FSPN Chairman Ashok Rai said that the new party will fight for the rights of Madhesis, Janajatis, Dalits and other marginalised groups. He said that new party will uphold the principle of socialism and agendas raised by the Madhes and the Janajati movements, including single Madhes state and identity-based federalism.
Leaders said that talks with the leaders of fringe parties, both inside and outside the Constituent Assembly, will also be initiated under the leadership of the new party to safeguard the rights of marginalised groups in the new constitution. “We will come up with protest programmes once the discussions complete,” Rai said.
Published: 15-06-2015 08:03