Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, who leads the Nepali Congress Party, has forged an alliance with the Maoist Center Party, a prominent group of former Maoist rebels. Deuba, 76, wants to return to power for the sixth time. His Nepali Congress party is considered the closest to India.
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General elections are going to be held in neighboring Nepal on November 20. The voting process for this election to be held in the Himalayan country will be completed in a single phase. One crore 79 lakh people are eligible to vote in 7 provinces of the country. While the total population of Nepal is around 30 million. The people of Nepal are battling high inflation, which is more than 8 percent, due to the rise in global energy and food prices after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. About 20 percent of the people of the country are living on an expenditure of 2 dollars a day. In these elections, the people here can support those leaders who promise to curb food prices and other essential things, because this is the problem of most of the people of the country at this time.
Of the total 275 members of the federal parliament, 165 will be elected by direct vote. Whereas the remaining 110 will be elected on a proportional basis. Similarly, out of the total 550 members of the provincial assembly, 330 will be directly elected and 220 will be elected proportionally. Former Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s party ‘Communist Party of Nepal’ has fielded the maximum number of candidates for the parliamentary elections. Its candidates are contesting on about 141 seats. While the Rashtriya Prajatantra Party has fielded 140 candidates. On the other hand, talking about the National Swatantra Party, 131 candidates of this party and a total of 91 candidates of Nepali Congress have entered the electoral fray.
10 different governments in power since 2008
Political stability is a major problem in Nepal. This has impressed many investors between China and India. Since the end of the 239-year-old monarchy in 2008, 10 different governments have been in power in the country. There are three major Nepali parties – the Nepali Congress, the Communist Unified Marxist-Leninist (UML) Party and the Maoist Centre. These parties have led different alliances in the past. However, due to power struggle and internal strife, no one completed 5 years of his tenure.
This time the contest in the elections is being seen between the Nepali Congress Party and the UML Party. The Nepali Congress currently leads a four-party ruling coalition and has been enjoying power for more than three decades. Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, who leads the Nepali Congress Party, has forged an alliance with the Maoist Center Party, a prominent group of former Maoist rebels. Deuba, 76, wants to return to power for the sixth time. His Nepali Congress party is considered the closest to India. At the same time, the UML party, led by 70-year-old KP Sharma Oli, is in a weak alliance with a royal group. Known for his pro-China stand in the last term, Oli is the preferred leader for the post of prime minister. Prior to this, he had been the Prime Minister twice.
Manisha Koirala to campaign for RPP
Ahead of the general elections in Nepal on November 20, Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala has announced that she will campaign for the pro-Hindu Rashtriya Prajatantra Party (RPP). Koirala said that the country has suffered a lot due to the exclusion of traditional and nationalist forces in the name of progressive politics. Manisha Koirala, Nepal’s first elected prime minister and granddaughter of Nepali Congress founder Bishweshwar Prasad Koirala, is scheduled to address at least two election rallies of the party on Friday.
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