SSF-N, RJP-N snub principle of inclusion

  • FPTP list for federal polls does not have even one woman
- Post Report, Kathmandu

Nov 6, 2017-

Two Madhes-based parties—Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum-Nepal (FSF-N) and Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal (RJP-N)—which have forged an electoral alliance in Province 2 for the upcoming federal and provincial elections have not been able to follow the principle of inclusivity while fielding candidates under the first-past-the-post FPTP) system. As per an understanding, the SSF-N has fielded candidates in 17 federal constituencies while the RJP-N in 15. 

But their FPTP list does not include even one woman for the federal elections. Representation of people from other communities is also very poor. 

The alliance, contesting jointly in the eight districts of Province 2, has only one Muslim candidate—Ekwal Miyan-who is contesting from Bara-4. Likewise, the alliance has failed to include Dalit and Janjaati candidates. 

RJP-N General Secretary Keshav Jha admitted that the alliance couldn’t include women and other marginalised communities despite trying their best. 

“We have tried our level best to include more women, Dalits, Muslims and other backward communities in our FPTP list, but we couldn’t do so due to various reasons,” added Jha, who was quick to point to major parties, saying they too have failed to follow the principle of inclusion while fielding candidates for the FPTP system. 

Political analyst Tula Narayan Shah said he was not surprised at all. “The pattern is similar in all political parties; they only field candidates only from those communities who they think have high chances of winning,” said Saha. 

“Candidate from only one group—and that is Khas Arya—have high chances of winning elections in all constituencies across the country whereas other groups might win only in some particular clusters,” said Shah, adding, “Women, Dalits, Janjatis, Muslims have lower ‘win-ability rates’. As a result, parties snub them and prefer male candidates to women and dominant communities to the marginalised.” 

The alliance said it is compensating the inclusion through the proportional representation system. 

“The alliance has included more women candidates and candidates from other groups in our PR list,” added RJP-N leader Jha.

As far as provincial elections are concerned, the alliance has fielded five women and three Muslim candidates. Two candidates are from Tharu and Dalit communities. 

Published: 06-11-2017 07:41

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