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Matters Economic

Federalism is a foregone conclusion. In a country where no ethnic group is more than 20% of the population, Nepal was always destined to have multi-identity states, it was only a question of what you were going to name them, and geographic names might be the most palatable. And I do believe we are going to get a constitution before 2014 is out. You can accuse the Congressis of nepotism and corruption and inefficiency and ignorance and lack of imagination and a dozen other traits that democracy throws your way because mediocrity is all too pervasive in most aspects of life, but one thing that political party has stood for time and again is basic democracy, the rudiments of rule of law. I think it is smart of the Maoists to decide not to go into power. When you do that you get to ride the anti-incumbency wave the next time around. The Madhesi parties are in the most precarious position. When they split like amoeba over the past few years somehow they felt they were going to defy the law…

Roger Adhikari Bahun

I have never formally joined any Nepali organization in America although I have hardly been passive. I was the only full timer among Nepalis in the US to have worked for Nepal 's democracy movement back in 2005-06. I launched ANTA in NYC but never became a member, although I have attended more ANTA events than most. But I have stayed informed. Sometimes you hear, sometimes you read. And so it has come to my notice that the first Janajati to attain a national leadership position among the Nepalis is under attack by the Bahun brigade and this guy Roger Adhikari has been leading the charge. I once met the guy. I was sick of all the posturing going on around him by several ANTA leaders, as if ANTA was formed to apologize to and to pay respects to Pahadiyas like this Anglo name Roger. This guy reeked of prejudice. You could just smell it from a distance. And then he opened his mouth and my suspicions were confirmed. And then he said something racist in an online forum and I picked up a…

Federal Democratic Alliance: Too Little, Too Late

Madhesi Jana Adhikar Forum, Nepal (Photo credit: Wikipedia) This Federal Democratic Alliance would have swept the country if it had been formed before the election in a way that there was only one FDA candidate in each of the 240 constituencies. Madhesi leaders in 30 political parties can not do the work of party unification but they want 13 million Madhesis to unite behind their cause? That is laughable. What was the expectation? That 13 million Madhesis will stand behind 30 Madhesi political parties all of whom were competing against each other?

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The State Of Nepali Politics: A Diagram

There has been an obvious wrongdoing in the election mechanism. At least three million voters were kicked off the voter list. As for the elaborate sabotage that the Maoists are accusing of, I don't know. It feels as far fetched as the Nepali Congress claim in 2008 that the YCL basically handed over the election to the…

Consensus Government For A Consensus Constitution

President: Ram Baran Yadav. He gets to continue because that is what the interim constitution says.
Prime Minister: Sushil Koirala.
Deputy Prime Minister: KP Oli might feel it is his turn.
Congress 9
Maoist 4
SP 1

This would represent 499 out of 575 seats. That is a comfortable margin for constitution making.

It is important to bring the four forces together so as to ensure smooth constitution making. On the tricky issue of federalism, I think we can make do with six states, four in the Hills/Mountains, and two in the Terai, all of them with one word geographic names. That is how I am reading the people's mandate.
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Formula For Unification

Eastern Terai - - HT -3 (Photo credit: lecercle)
Come up with a new name. Do not use any existing name. Make that name ethnicity and geography neutral. Keep it short. How about Samabeshi Party? Just a thought. The party presidency goes to Gachhedar because (a) his party was the top vote earner, and (b) Tharus are the most populous ethnic group in the Terai. Mahantha Thakur gets the Sarbamanya Neta title for being the most senior leader. Upendra Yadav, Rajendra Mahto and Sharad Singh Bhandari can be the three Vice Presidents. They also just so happen to represent Yadavs, Vaisyas, and the indigenous Pahadis in the Terai. People like Sharad Singh Bhandari are of Pahadi origin but they have been in the Terai for generations. They know no other home. A 11 member Politburo and a 31 member Central Committee would house all top leaders. Leaders of the Terai Madhesh Sadbhavana Party, the Dalit Janajati Party, and the Nepali Janata Dal belong in the Politburo as does Sarita Giri for being the t…

Madhesi Parties: 12 Lakh PR Votes

There was an anti-Maoist wave, but there was no anti-Madhesi wave. If the Madhesi parties had been one, that unified party would have emerged as the third largest. But that is simple arithmetic. That unification might have created a pro-Madhesi wave, and that wave might have catapulted the unified party into a possible second position.

This is not a question of what the 13 million Madhesis will do, if they are politically conscious or not, or how they will vote. This is a question of what two dozen Madhesi leaders will do. Will they live up to the promise?

If one unified Madhesi party emerges, that party will produce the Chief Ministers in both states in the Terai.
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बाराका मधेशवादी दलहरुको एउटै कार्यालय बन्दै
बारामा सक्रिय ९ वटा मधेशवादी दलहरु एउटै कार्यालयमा बसी ती दलहरु बीच एकीकरणका लागि जिल्ला स्तरबाटै दबाब दिने उद्देश्यले बुधबार बाराको कलैयामा निर्णय गरेका छन् ... मधेशका जिल्लाहरुमा मधेशवादी दलहरु हारेपनि तीनिहरुको भोट जोड्दा हरेक क्षेत्रमा विजयी भएको निष्कर्ष निकाल्दै उनीहरुले मधेशवादी दलहरुका उम्मेदवारहरुको हारको मुख्य कारण पार्टीहरु बिच फुट रहेको भन्दै केन्द्रमा पार्टी बिच एकिकरण गराउने उद्देश्यले चारबुँदे निर्णयसमेत गरेका छन् । बाराका सम्पूर्ण मधेशवादी दलहरु एकैछातामा आई पार्टी एकीकरणका लागि प्रक्रिया अगाडि बढाउने, हरेक पार्टीले जिल्ला स्तरमा आ–आफ्नो निर्णय गरी दुई दिन भित्र संयुक्त पार्टी कार्यालय खोल्ने लागयतका निणर्यहरु उनीहरुले गरेका छन् । ..... कार्यक्रममा फोरम नेपाल, फोरम लोकतान्त्रिक, फोरम गणतान्त्रिक, रामसपा, तमसपा, सपा, नेसपा, तमलोपा, संघीय सद्भावना पार्टीलगायत ९ वटा राजनीतिक दलका केन्द्रदेखि जिल्ला तहसम्मका नेता कार्यकर्ताहरु सामूहिक रुपमा एकीकरणका लागि अघि बढ्नुपर्ने निष्कर्ष निकालिएको थियो । Related articlesOne Madhesi Party…

Madhesi Parties: Over A Million Votes


PR Votes: Madhesi Parties

५मधेशी जनअधिकार फोरम, नेपाल(लोकतान्त्रिक)१९९७००७मधेशी जनअधिकार फोरम, नेपाल१५३२०२८तराई–मधेश लोकतान्त्रिक पार्टी९४९६५१०सङ्घीय समाजवादी पार्टी, नेपाल८९२४८११सद्भावना पार्टी७४६२७१५थरुहट तराई पार्टी नेपाल४८५१३१६राष्ट्रिय मधेश समाजवादी पार्टी४३३५०२१मधेशी जनअधिकार फोरम (गणतान्त्रिक)२४२४९२३तराई मधेश सदभावना पार्टी नेपाल२१८४१२६संघीय सद्भावना पार्टी१८७७८३२मधेश समता पार्टी नेपाल१२३०४३६नेपाल सद्भावना पार्टी९३४६४०मधेश तराई फोरम७८८५

६४राष्ट्रिय मधेश बहुजन समाजवादी पार्टी३५६७६७मधेशी जनअधिकार फोरम

PR Votes

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संविधान सभा सदस्य निर्वाचन, २०७०
समानुपातिक निर्वाचनको मत गणनाको प्रारम्भिक परिणाम गणना भएको निर्वाचन क्षेत्र संख्या : १९७ Wednesday 27th of November 2013 07:54:04 AM क्र.स.राजनैतिक दलप्राप्त मत१नेपाली काँग्रेस१७२३१५८२नेपाल कम्यूनिष्ट पार्टी (ए. मा. ले)१६४२७२३३एकीकृत नेपाल कम्युनिष्ट पार्टी (माओवादी)१००९३०६४राष्ट्रिय प्रजातन्त्र पार्टी नेपाल४४१६३१५मधेशी जनअधिकार फोरम, नेपाल(लोकतान्त्रिक)१९९७००६राष्ट्रिय प्रजातन्त्र पार्टी१८६९०५७मधेशी जनअधिकार फोरम, नेपाल१५३२०२८तराई–मधेश लोकतान्त्रिक पार्टी९४९६५९नेपाल कम्युनिष्ट पार्टी (मार्क्सवादी–लेनिनवादी)९१५७२१०सङ्घीय समाजवादी पार्टी, नेपाल८९२४८११सद्भावना पार्टी७४६२७१२नेपाल कम्युनिष्ट पार्टी (संयुक्त)६५८३०१३राष्ट्रिय जनमोर्चा५९५५०१४नेपाल मजदुर किसान पार्टी५६७०९१५थरुहट तराई पार्टी नेपाल४८५१३१६राष्ट्रिय मधेश समाजवादी पार्टी४३३५०१७राष्ट्रिय जनमुक्ति पार्टी४२१३८१८