Maoist Centre to contest local elections without any manifesto at the central level

CPN-Maoist Centre central office, Paris Danda, Kathmandu
CPN-Maoist Centre central office, Paris Danda, Kathmandu

Kathmandu, April 25

The CPN-Maoist Centre, a member of the central ruling coalition, says it will not prepare any manifesto for the upcoming local elections.

Whereas all major parties have already launched their election manifestoes, the Maoist party says it has not thought of drafting the manifesto.

Maoist Centre leader Haribol Gajurel says the local committee, however, can prepare their manifestoes considering the local context.

Another leader Barsha Man Pun says the party has decided not to issue any manifesto as it is not appropriate for the centre to issue manifestoes for local elections under the federal constitution.

“With the manifestoes at the centre, we don’t interfere. Whoever will implement the programmes, whoever will work with the people, they have to prepare the manifestoes as they are accountable to the public.”

The party’s central office secretary Shreeram Dhakal says the party has issued an appeal to its leaders and cadres across the country about the local elections, and the local units will make and issue their manifestoes based on that appeal.

Although the party has not issued the manifesto per se, its appeal has addressed crucial policy concerns that the party will raise during the local elections, according to the party leaders.

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