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Maoist Centre and Unified Socialist might merge before Nov elections

File: Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal
File: Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal

Kathmandu, July 4

The CPN-Maoist Centre and the CPN-Unified Socialist have begun discussions about the possibility of a merger between them as early as before the federal and provincial elections expected to be held in mid-November.

Top leaders of the two parties held a meeting in Kathmandu on Sunday evening, and they discussed the unification efforts, informs Maoist leader Narayan Kaji Shrestha.

“We have talked about unifying the parties before the elections as far as possible. If it cannot happen, we are discussing the formation of a coordination committee to expedite the process,” Shrestha says.

Sources say both parties are discussing the merger possibility internally also.

Both parties were parts of the then Nepal Communist Party (NCP) formed in 2018 after the merger of the CPN-UML and the CPN-Maoist Centre. As a court order rejected the merger process in early 2021, the UML and the Maoist Centre came into existence again. Later, the UML split and the Unified Socialist came to the surface.

Meanwhile, the Maoist Centre and the Unified Socialist have concluded that they could not partner with the UML before the elections in any way, according to Shrestha.

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Subedi is a senior political journalist at Onlinekhabar.

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