Nepal | June 07, 2020

RJP-N, SP-N likely to merge before their general conventions

Ram Kumar Kamat
Share Now:

Kathmandu, August 16

Leaders representing Samajwadi Party-Nepal and Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal have intensified efforts to unify their parties, and are meeting almost every day to discuss unification modality and issues.

A RJP-N leader told THT that top leaders of both parties were of the view that it would be better if they sealed their unity deal before their general conventions or else it would be difficult to pacify disgruntled leaders within their parties.

The RJP-N leader said chances were high that unity deal could be sealed between the two parties before their general conventions. Both the parties are set to hold general conventions in next three months.

SP-N leader Upendra Yadav, however, said both the parties were positive about the merger, but they had not yet discussed any issues seriously. Another RJP-N leader said the two parties were discussing about the modality of ranking of top leaders, common political ideology, and structure of the party’s leadership, party’s name and symbol, forms of governance, electoral system and statute. The leader said ideological issues could be tackled by unity convention, but since Madhes was  the two parties’ political bastion, it would be better if the RJP-N leader Mahantha Thakur was given first place in party’s seniority list.

Both Upendra Yadav and Baburam Bhattarai of the SP-N come from communist background, and therefore, it would be important for the party to accord first priority to Thakur who is a democratic face with unwavering commitment to democracy, the RJP-N leader argued.

Yadav, however, said there was no proposal from the RJP-N to make Thakur as the senior-most leader of the party.

A source privy to the ongoing negotiation between the two parties said the RJP-N’s proposal to place Thakur at the top in the party ranking  following merger had posed challenge to the SP-N  which has accorded the status of the senior-most leader of the party to Baburam Bhattarai  as  he was a former prime minister.

The RJP-N leader said if the two parties were merged, ideological issues, including forms of governance and electoral system could be decided by unity convention. SP-N advocates presidential form of government and fully proportional electoral system whereas RJP-N advocates parliamentary form of governance and mixed electoral system.

Political analyst Tula Narayan Shah said the two parties realised that they had no better option than to unify their parties to create enough pressure on the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP). “There is a realisation in both SP-N and RJP-N that if they do not unite, the  NCP-led government  that forced Federal Public Service Commission to start the process of   recruiting  over 9,000 employees at local levels, could take more steps to derail the process of social inclusion and even federalism,” Shah added.

Shah said both the parties also realised that they needed to merge to win confidence of all communities, including Khas Arya group to intensify their struggle for empowerment of marginalised communities. “In the past, Madhes movement led to polarisation between Madhesis and Pahadi communities. Now these two parties have realised that they needed to chart out strategies to fight against privileged communities for the sake of deprived communities,” Shah argued.

Another political analyst Jay Nishant said both parties needed to adopt new strategies to win confidence of more than one third votes of Pahadi people in Madhes, who mostly vote for the Nepali Congress and NCP. “One way to win the confidence of Pahadi votes is to ensure representation of Pahadi people in the central leadership,” he argued.


A version of this article appears in print on August 17, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

15 yrs on, Bandarmudhe blast victims still await justice

CHITWAN, JUNE 5 Fifteen years have passed since the infamous Bandarmudhe bomb blast, but the victims of the incident are still awaiting justice. The bomb blast carried out by the then rebelling CPN Maoist on a passenger bus at Madi of southern Chitwan had taken the lives of 38 people, leaving Read More...

michael jordan

Jordan giving $100 million for racial equality, justice

CHARLOTTE: Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand are giving $100 million to organizations dedicated to promoting racial equality and social justice. In a joint statement Friday on social media, Jordan and the Jordan Brand said money will be paid over 10 years with the goal of “ensuring racial equ Read More...

Buffalo officers suspended in shoving of 75-year-old man

BUFFALO: Dozens of Buffalo police officers stepped down from the department's crowd control unit Friday, objecting to the suspensions of two fellow officers in the shoving of a 75-year-old protester who fell and cracked his head. Prosecutors were investigating the encounter captured by a TV crew Read More...

Swab collection halted for five days in Sudurpaschim

DHANGADI, JUNE 5 Sudurpaschim Province has halted collection of throat swab samples for five days. Province Health Directorate Office Dhangadi said it had stopped collecting swab samples as more than 1,000 swabs were on hold and left to be tested. “We have more than 1,000 swab samples yet Read More...

Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio dedicated to ending disenfranchisement of Black America

KATHMANDU: Joining a growing list of Hollywood celebrities donating to organisations working for equal rights during the 'Black Lives Matter' protests in the US, actor Leonardo DiCaprio too has announced donations while urging others to take action. Taking to Twitter on June 5, the Once Upon A T Read More...

NAC chartered flight to Narita scheduled for Sunday

KATHMANDU: Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has scheduled a chartered flight for Narita in Japan on Sunday. The flight has been scheduled to operate on the request of a travel agency. In a press release issued by the NAC, on Thursday, it stated that the Nepali Embassy in Japan has no role in o Read More...

K-pop boyband BTS rank 48 on Forbes world's highest-paid celebs list

KATHMANDU: Forbes has named BTS as one of Top 50 highest-paid celebrities in the world on its latest annual list out on June 4. The K-pop band is placed at 47 on the list with an estimated $50 million pretax income. Soompi quotes Forbes as stating, “The K-pop supergroup grossed $170 million o Read More...

K-pop SHINee's Taemin readying for July comeback

KATHMANDU: Taemints and Shawols can look forward to Taemin's comeback in July. After SPOTV News reported that SHINee's maknae Taemin would be releasing a new album in July, Soompi says that SM Entertainment, SHINee's label, confirmed the news. “Taemin is preparing for a July comeback. Beginn Read More...