Parties, old and new, trying their best to win trust of people

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By Pallav Bhusal,Kathmandu, Feb. 24: Anticipating the upcoming 2027 general elections to be a new departure, political enthusiasm has surged to the forefront in Nepal, with major political parties intensifying their preparations for what in all likelihood will be a historic showdown. As the nation eagerly awaits this democratic exercise, each party is diligently working to guarantee a robust and inclusive electoral process, leaving no stone unturned.

The Nepali Congress, the country's oldest political party, is strategising to regain its foothold in the political landscape. Party leaders have emphasised the importance of connecting with the grassroots level, initiating widespread membership drives, and incorporating the voices of diverse communities in their manifesto. The NC is aiming to present a united front, fostering internal cohesion to present a formidable challenge to its opponents.

Nepali Congress leader and Member of the Parliament, Rajendra Kumar KC, has acknowledged that the NC has historically been the party of the people and emphasized the need to regain the trust of citizens.

"We recently initiated a 'Congress with the Community' campaign with the aim of reaching grassroots levels and understanding the needs of the common people. While the campaign is currently on hold, it will resume in the coming days. Subsequently, we will collect all the data regarding the needs of common citizens and actively work towards fulfilling them. We are committed to ongoing collaboration with citizens to restore the Congress party's prominence," said KC.

"The Nepali Congress has consistently worked for the prosperity of the people and the country. We have contributed to bringing stability to the nation and have played a vital role in creating and safeguarding the constitution. Our party will prioritize the needs of the nation and its citizens, striving for progress across all sectors of development for the benefit of the people and the country," added KC.

The Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) is focusing on consolidating its support base and presenting a progressive agenda for the nation. Party leaders have highlighted the need for economic stability, social justice, and infrastructure development. The party is also working on alliances with like-minded groups and regional parties to broaden its appeal and enhance its chances of forming a strong government.

Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and central committee member of CPN (UML), outlined three key policies that his party is advancing for the upcoming days. "Firstly, our primary focus is to enhance the organizational strength of the party. To achieve this, we aim to have at least three per cent of the state population as party members, with one-third of these members being youth representatives," stated Gyawali.

"Secondly, our party is committed to addressing citizens' concerns, including issues like unemployment, social justice, economic prosperity, and overall livelihood. CPN (UML) has already presented these concerns in the recent central committee meeting. Lastly, we aim to establish various beneficial programmes to foster closer ties with grassroots citizens and local party leaders throughout Nepal," added Gyawali.

The CPN (Maoist Centre), having played a crucial role in Nepal's political transformation, is emphasizing its commitment to social justice and equality. Party leaders are engaging in dialogues with marginalized communities, youth groups, and women's organizations to address their concerns and incorporate them into their electoral promises. The party is positioning itself as a catalyst for change and social progress.

"Our party has consistently safeguarded the political achievements resulting from the struggles of the Nepali people, striving for enduring political stability within the country to foster prosperity. We remain committed to addressing the needs of the people, and this dedication will persist. As the party currently leads the government, it is imperative that we address fundamental concerns of the citizens, encompassing infrastructure development, employment, public safety, economic prosperity, quality and affordable education, healthcare, and political stability. Additionally, we are steadfast in our commitment to uphold constitutional values and norms," stated Pampha Bhusal, leader of CPN (Maoist Centre) and former Energy Minister.

Similarly, the Janata Samajbadi Party is gaining momentum as a force to be reckoned with, particularly in the context of advocating for the rights of ethnic minorities and marginalized groups. The party is aligning itself with issues of social justice, federalism, and inclusive governance. In a bid to expand its influence, the JSP is actively seeking alliances and collaborations with regional parties in different provinces.

Likewise, the Rastriya Prajatantra Party, advocating for constitutional monarchy and conservative values, is gearing up for the battle with a focus on national unity and traditional values. The party is reaching out to both urban and rural constituencies, aiming to bridge the gap between generations and ideologies.

Meanwhile, the recently established Rastriya Swatantra Party (National Independent Party) is actively promoting its stance in various critical areas, including absentee voting, the right to recall, the right to reject, electoral reforms, and the prioritization of health, education, agriculture, and infrastructure development.

As the political landscape in Nepal undergoes dynamic shifts, the race to the 2027 general election promises to be closely contested. The political parties are not only formulating comprehensive policies but are also engaging with citizens at various levels to ensure a truly representative democracy. The coming months will witness intense campaigning, policy debates, and alliances as Nepal inches closer to a significant electoral milestone.

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