Monday, July 08, 2013

The Only Alliance The Madhesi Parties Need

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The only alliance the Madhesi parties really need is with each other. The Madhesi parties have to go to the people with the confidence that they will go into power no matter who forms the government at the center. Despite the Madhesi movement the Madhesi parties only got one third of the seats and votes in the Terai the last time around. It was because there was no hope they might go into power. Now the Madhesi people have seen that the Madhesi parties are the party of power. That opens doors. Should a Madhesi alliance be formed with the bottomline that there will be only one common candidate in each constituency the Madhesi parties might be able to cross the 50% mark in both votes and seats in the Terai. That will be a major victory. I think they stand to further weaken the Congress in the Terai and they will eat into the Maoist votes. The Maoists will eat into the UML votes and will still emerge strong in the Terai, and that is a good thing. The Madhesis and the Maoists are both federal forces.

There has been some talk of an alliance with the Nepali Congress. Unless the NC makes a clear ideological move and comes forth for a two state map for the Terai, I don't see how any alliance is possible, either pre-poll or post-poll. The NC's anti-federal stance is the reason the last Constituent Assembly died without completing its task.

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