Nepal’s four political parties – the Pushpa Kamal Dahal-led CPN (Maoist Centre), Madhav Kumar Nepal-led CPN (Unified Socialist), Upendra Yadav-led Janata Samajwadi Party-Nepal and Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal announced the formation leftist forces announced the socialist front on Monday.
The social front has pledged to achieve the goals of socialism, unveiling its 15-point commitment paper. Unified Socialist leader Madhav Kumar Nepal said the newly created front is an alliance of ‘progressive forces.’
According to the leaders, a secretariat would be created and the front would expand to provinces and local levels. The coalition of the four parties makes the front the third largest force in the House of Representatives (HoR) with 54 seats.
Nepal Samajwadi Party, led by Baburam Bhattarai, which was expected to be one of the parties in the coalition is not a part of the Socialist Front.
Meanwhile, the general public doubt the sustainability of the socialist front as Nepal’s communist and socialist parties have joined hands several times in the past with big promises but the coalition soon unravels.
Similarly, one of the commitments of the front is to ‘withdraw false cases and release political prisoners from jails’, hinting the front might be focused on releasing their political supporters and allies from prisons.