NC-led demo­cratic al­liance gives com­mon can­di­dates

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Demo­cratic al­liance led by the Nepali Congress fielded their com­mon can­di­dates to the 37 con­stituen­cies of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and 74 con­stituen­cies of the pro­vin­cial as­sem­blies. How­ever, un­like the UML, the NC left min­i­mum seats to the con­stituents of the demo­cratic al­liance. The NC left a seat of Gorkha to Dr Babu­ram Bhat­tarai of the Naya Shakti Party and a seat of Sind­hu­pal­chowk to Pashu­pati Shumsher Rana of the Ras­triya Pra­jat­na­tra Party (Demo­cratic). In the rest 35 seats, the NC had its own can­di­dates. Al­though a seat of Dhad­ing was to be of­fered to a RPP can­di­date, it had fielded its own can­di­dates in both the seats of the dis­trict. Like­wise, the NC left one prov­ince each for the Naya Shakti Party's can­di­date in Ra­suwa and Gorkha dis­trict. As the pres­ence of the Mad­hes-based par­ties in the 32 dis­tricts where the first phase of lo­cal polls are tak­ing place is al­most nil, the NC did not have to di­vide the seats of the demo­cratic al­liance to other con­stituent par­ties. How­ever, in the sec­ond phase of the elec­tions, the NC is al­most sure to leave sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of seats to the Mad­hes-based par­ties if the NC forges al­liance with the Fed­eral So­cial­ist Fo­rum and Ras­triya Janata Party Nepal. How­ever, NC's al­liance with the RPP has been at risk due to NC leader Kr­ishna Prasad Si­taula as he is not ready to leave his Jhapa-3 con­stituency to RPP's Rajendra Ling­den while Jhapa-3 has been the main de­mand of RPP. If all goes as planned, the NC will be leav­ing a House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives seat each in Mak­wan­pur, Kath­mandu, Dhankuta, Jhapa, Chit­wan, Salyan, Ru­pan­dehi and Baitadi to the RPP can­di­dates. How­ever, NC's ef­fort to forge al­liance with the Nepal Work­ers Peas­ants Party (NWPP) was re­jected. NWPP chair Narayan­man Bi­jukchhe out­right re­jected the pro­posal of the NC dur­ing a meet­ing with NC leader Bi­mal­en­dra Nidhi. Bi­jukchhe's party is strong only in Bhak­ta­pur dis­trict.

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