Left bloc common manifesto lashes out at Congress

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Nov 3, 2017-

The left alliance of the CPN-UML and the CPN (Maoist Centre) has criticised its strong rival Nepali Congress in its election manifesto, accusing the oldest party of inviting foreign interference on many occasions, while maintaining a relatively softer tone on the Madhes-based parties.

The alliance, however, has not clarified how and when the NC invited foreign interference. Since the left alliance would have a tough fight with the ruling NC, which 

has made an alliance with two Rastriya Prajatantra Party outfits in the upcoming federal and provincial polls, the leftist bloc has tried, in the joint manifesto, 

to discredit the Congress by alleging that the party was not committed to nation-building.

It charged the NC with "compromising and surrendering with feudal and autocratic forces" and foreign capitalists and serving their interests.

"When in power with a majority, the party terminated functioning national industries and public corporations in the guise of privatisation," states the joint manifesto, criticising the party for “weakening” national economy by promoting “neo-liberalism”.

The left alliance has also accused the NC of "protecting and institutionalising corruption". In future, the two parties' alliance with the NC would depend on its upcoming policies and practices.

About the Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal, the manifesto says the new party "protects the vestiges of feudalism and represents a section of the comprador capitalist" class. Though the party advocated federalism, in the alliance's view, it opposes autonomy of the local federal units.

The document views the Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum, Nepal as a Tarai-Madhes-centric force trying to expand its base across the country with an ethnic and regional agenda. Its strategy would "weaken social harmony".

The alliance has called the different components of the RJP-N as forces "wishing to reinstate monarchy in the country". 

"To conceal its feudalistic nature, sometimes some of its groups talk about liberalism, democracy and nationalism," the joint manifesto states, adding that they are basically "regressive" in nature.

Communist and leftist parties have been leading all national movements, the alliance claims. Therefore, their majority in Parliament is "necessary to ensure national independence and sovereignty".

A resounding victory of the left alliance was essential to effect "socialism-oriented socio-economic transformation of the society".

Published: 03-11-2017 07:59

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