Nepal | November 20, 2019

3 parties merge to form Nepal Democratic Forum

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Yashoda Kumari Lama, Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar and Shiva Lal Thapa Nepal Democratic Forum

(From left) Yashoda Kumari Lama, Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar and Shiva Lal Thapa announce the unification of their respective parties and establishment of the Nepal Democratic Forum, in Kathmandu, on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Photo: RSS

KATHMANDU: The Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar-led Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Democratic and two fringe parties on Wednesday announced the merger and formed the Nepal Democratic Forum.

The MJF-D, Shiva Lal Thapa-led Rastriya Janamukti Party-Democratic and Yashoda Kumari Lama-led Dalit Janajati Party today announced that they jointly formed the NDF under the leadership of Gachhadar.

The three leaders announced the unification amid a function in the Capital today.

With the merger, the NDF became the fifth largest party in the Parliament with 17 members including 14 from Gachhadar’s MJF-D, two from Thapa’s RJP-D and one from DJP (Lama herself).

Earlier, the Upendra Yadav-led Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal was the fifth largest party with 15 lawmakers, one more than Gachhadar’s MJF-D.

In a statement issued at the unification ceremony, the three top leaders claimed that the merger was decided to give the nation political stability and build a unified and prosperous nation.

They also said they had hoped to establish the leadership of the unified party in the government leadership.

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