Kathmandu, May 16
After a humiliating performance in the Kathmandu metropolitan city in the recent local elections, the Rabindra Mishra-led Bibeksheel Sajha Party says it accepts people did not like recent developments in the party.
In the 2017 local elections, the then Bibeksheel and Sajha parties jointly had secured over 45,000 votes. Accordingly, the unified party’s mayoral candidate Samiksha Baskota was expected to receive a significant amount of votes this time.
While the vote count is underway, Baskota has not crossed even 100 votes whereas the leading candidate, Balen Shah, is already over the 6,000 mark.
In this context, the party’s spokesperson Sharad Raj Pathak issued the statement on Monday morning and accepted that the party’s internal conflicts are responsible for the humiliating performance.
Following the endorsement of Rabindra Mishra’s document–the Nation above Notion– that advocates for the referendum on secularism and discontinuity of federalism, the party has split again with influential leaders such as Milan Pandey and Ranju Darshana leaving this.
In the statement, Pathak claims the document itself is not responsible for the loss but for other disputes in the party.
The Bibeksheel Sajha Party says it will review the performance and learn lessons from it.