MJF sets its political ideology the convention decided to broaden the party scope by distributing membership to people from hilly districts, adding that his party will make efforts for unification of all Madhes based parties.A unification of the Madhesi parties is an idea whose time has come. The five Madhesi parties have to come together and start having national ambitions. The April 10, 2008 election results should be the basis for the unification.
- Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (MJF)
- Terai Madhesh Loktantric Party (TMLP)
- Sadbhavana Party (SP)
- Nepal Sadbhavana Party
- Dalit Janajati Party
I think Nepali Janadhikar Forum would be an apt name for the unified party.
Upendra Yadav is the obvious name. He leads the largest party, that's why. That is the democratic way.
Central Secretariat: 11 Members
The leaders of the five parties would be members. Six others from the two largest parties would also come in, perhaps four from the MJF, and two from the TMLP.
Central Committee: 33 Members
11 Secretariat members would be in. That leaves 22 seats. Those 22 seats have to be divided among the five parties based on how many votes they earned on April 10, 2008.
District Committees: 21 Members
The vote earned by a party in a particular district should decide how many seats it will get on that district committee.
The same for the local level committees.
Growing In The Hills
The party then has to aim to grow in all 75 districts. For that a clear national agenda is needed.
Once it has district committees in all or most of the 75 districts, the party has to hold its first national convention. I hope that can happen within a year from now.
- Geographic, not ethnic federalism.
- Four states: Koshi, Gandaki, Karnali, Terai.
- Retain the 75 districts.
- Direct elections for president. Second round between the top two candidates if no one candidate gets at least 50% of the vote.
- 75 multi member constituencies for the lower house.
- Completely proportional elections for the upper house with the entire country as one constituency. At least every other name on a party's list must be female.
- Unicameral legislatures in the four states. Component districts as multi member constituencies. The unicameral legislature elects a Chief Minister.
- Turn Nepal into a multi-party democracy of state funded parties.
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- Transition Challenges
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- Mantra: Economic Revolution
- Proposed Constitution
The Maoists wish to go for ethnic federalism, and they wish to get rid of the 75 districts. Both those ideas have to be countered. It is in countering those two ideas that the One Terai, One State idea will be realized, and it is in countering those two ideas that the NJF can hope to become a truly national party with a presence in all or most of the 75 districts.
That NJF could do really well in the elections to be held after the country gets itself a new constitution.
Staying In Government
I think it would be important for the NJF to stay in government. The Maoists did win the April 10 elections. They deserve to lead. That is the mandate.
But the NJF has to work to get the NC and the UML behind the geographic federalism idea. And then the Maoists. If the Maoists don't come to the idea even after the NC and the UML have, at that point a NC-UML-NJF government can be thought of.
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