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Election Menifestoes of Political Parties [General Election-2056]

The Nepali Congress Manifesto: Highlights

Nepali Congress Party is the representative party of Nepalese people who believe in the cause of nationalism, democracy and socialism. Since its genesis in 1947, the party has fought many a battles against the hereditary Rana Regime and autocratic Panchayat System, and remained in the forefront for the establishment of multiparty parliamentary democracy and for safeguarding human rights, freedom, equality and justice to the Nepalese people. The Party has made many sacrifices in fulfilling historical responsibility to establish and consolidate democracy by leading the 1950 (2007B.S.) and 1990 (2046B.S.) revolutions successfully.

Having been throough five decades' of democratic movement, the Party, as guided by its leaders, the late Bisheswor Prasad Koirala, Subarna Shumsher and Ganesh Man Singh, avows to uphold its deep commitment to protect and promote the parliamentary multiparty democracy, good governance and Constitutional Monarchy and basic rights of the people by strengthening freedom and championing the cause of national unity and dignity.

The party holds the conviction that multi-party democracy must be pivotal to the political freedom, decentralized system of governance, elimination of discrimination and prejudice between men and women, haves and haves-nots, the powerful and the helpless and upper and lower castes. It believe also in the balanced development of different languages, cultures and traditions, high respect for the individual dignity and peace and fearless society, economic prosperity and social justice.

At a time when the world is about to enter the 21st century, the Nepali Congress believes that the nation must accept the challenges to be confronted in future. For this, the party will concentrate all its attention towards the swift transformation of socially and economically backward Nepal into a prosperous and developed nation by eradicating illiteracy, poverty, unemployment, corruption and ever--growing prices.

Democratic Socialism: Ways to Economic prosperity and social justice:

In its search for a society based on equality and justice, the Nepali Congress adopted the principles of the democratic socialism and decentralization in 1957. The Party firmly believes that with the implementation of the balanced democratic socialistic programs, the society can achieve the economic prosperity through the fair distributions on the basis of equality and social justice. The party will remain alert to take the fruits of prosperity to every layers and households of the Nepalese society.

Economic Freedom and Role of Private Sectors:

The Nepali Congress is convinced that in accordance with the rule of the country, the private sectors should also benefit from the opportunity of economic freedom without any hitches. The private sectors should be promoted to play a vital role in the growth of national economy and in creating new employment opportunities. The government in this regard will provide opportunities to private sectors in the economic activities for the development of socio-economic infrastructures to guarantee the social justice and security to the hapless and deprived masses.

People-oriented Development:

Since the first and ultimate goal of the development is the upliftment of the people, the Nepali congress assumes that the target of our development should be people oriented. To do so, the party gives emphasis on the opportunities for education, skill development, training and rights to information, extension of health services, a strong national campaign against eradication of poverty, ways to increase the employment and income generation to the Nepalese people. The party also emphasizes respect for the individual freedom, dignity and opportunity for works based on their skill and capacity, decentralized administration and development of local leadership, uncorrupt administration. The party also gives importance for instilling self-confidence and social services in every Nepali citizen.

Background of the Upcoming General Election:

Instability wreaked havoc on the national politics over the past four and half year. Political parties indulged in the unhealthy and non-political practices to gain power. Governments collapsed because of the parliamentarians' unethical ways to ride the power ladder which tarnished their own images.

The Governments remained shaky due to the nature of hung parliament where no parties could enjoy a majority. The development works and free and impartial administration in the country were disturbed. Polarization and groupism among and within the political parties raised its ugly head in the national political scene. The CPN-UML disintegrated into two parties and the Rastriya Prajatantra Party and Nepal Sadbhavana Party also followed the suit. The leaders of these breakaway parties cried for the head of their erstwhile party colleagues.

At this backdrop of national politics, corruption, poverty and unemployment reigned supreme in the width and breadth of the country. Terrorism and violence in the name of Maoism, centered against the Nepali Congress, aims at overthrowing the constitutional parliamentary democracy in the country. The Nepali Congress thus decided to call for a fresh mandate believing that the people's mandate is the only way out to relieve the country from these anomalies, perversion and chaos.

Main Agenda for the Forthcoming Election:

The coming general election is a process to do away with the irregularities and anomalies like horse-trading, corrupt, irrational and aggressive attitudes among the politicians that surfaced on the national political scene. The people, being disgusted with all these political perversions, are opting for a strong and vibrant parliament with a strong government to stop the vagaries of a coalition government. The Nepali Congress wishes to fulfill the Nepalese people's aspiration for a majority government and brings the major agenda for the coming general elections that are as follows:

The Nepali Congress wants to put an end to the political instability in the country that ensued after the formation of the hung parliament. The most important agenda for the coming general election is the formation of a Nepali Congress's majority government.
Politics based on norms and values to curb undemocratic and unparliamentary behavior among the politicians.
Continuation of the economic policy and programs initiated by the Nepali Congress government formed after the 1991 general election. Even the international community has supported these programs meant to uplift the condition of rural masses and eradication of poverty.
Freedom from corruption and Mafia rule to end the economic leakages, smuggling, black-marketing and corruption from the every layer of the Nepalese society.
Initiation of a free, impartial and efficient administration by putting an end to the political interference on the day to day administration, judiciary, police, public and education service sectors.
Guarantee for the peace and security for a fearless society by ensuring an end to the politics of murder and terrorism in the country in the name Maoist movement. We are convinced, at this juncture, the Nepalese people will reject the politics of murder and terrorism and cast their votes in Nepali Congress's favor.
Clean and Efficient Parliament:

It has become a need of the present time for any government to translate the people's aspiration for a clean and efficient parliament into reality. It may be recalled that after the second general election, the minority CPN-UML government formed with the support from Nepali Congress grew more and more despotic. The issues of national interest were undermined, and due to the nature of hung parliament, parliamentarians spent much of their time in unparliamentary practices leading to the loss of faith of international community in Nepalese polity. However, the Nepali Congress, in recent past, developed a mutual understanding and an atmosphere for cordial relation with other political parties. This sense of cordiality and mutuality allowed the party to call for the fresh general election to restore the Nepalese people's and international community's faith in our Parliament. The Nepali Congress will continue its endeavor to make the Parliament cleaner and more efficient in the days to come.

Nepali Congress's Achievements:

The government formed after the 1991 elections and other Nepali Congress led governments formed after 1994 has secured milestones in achieving economic prosperity thereby transforming the socio- economic conditions of the economically and socially backward Nepalese people. Regarding the implementation of social security and cultural uplift programs for the Nepalese, The Nepali Congress Governments so far have:

Allocated funds amounting to 400 million rupees for elderly, widows and handicapped citizens.
Launched the programs to uplift the conditions of the downtrodden and under-privileged sections of the society.
Chalked out programs for indigenous people for their all-round development.
Charted out the programs to encourage women to bring them into the mainstream of development guaranteeing that all primary schools employ a lady teacher and provide Rs. 25 monthly to girl students in 15 districts where women literacy is very low.
Exempted half land revenues to the farmers who paid their half land taxes to the local VDCs to be used as per the VDCs discretion in their development works. The party will now provide full exemption of land revenues for farmers.
Launched programs to establish rural banks in the five development regions. The banks provide loans at concessional rates to the hapless and deprived classes.
Provided soft loans upto 10,000 rupees to earthquake and natural calamity victims.
Reduced the prices of salt by half for the remote areas, provided grants for biogas, solar energy and small hydropower stations.
Given priority to the encouragement of regional languages.
Brought legislation to end the dual ownership on land and to transform many Guthi into Raikar lands.
Fixed the problems of bond-laborers and landless people.
Provided support and assistance to the families of martyrs and political sufferers.
Rural Self-dependence Scheme:

Regarding the self- dependence scheme of rural areas, The Nepali Congress has begun tasks to lay the foundations of self-sufficiency by providing basic facilities of education, health, irrigation drinking water, motorable roads, telephones and electricity to the rural areas. The other tasks done in this regard to achieve the rural self-dependence are:
forwarding of Rs. 50,000 to each village each year.
Establishing of health posts with medical doctors in 120 electoral constituencies and opening up of post offices in every village.
Building of schools in villages and launching of free education program upto secondary levels.
Supplying drinking water to additional four million people.
Increment in the loans to the farmers and formulation of programs to allocate 2.5 billion rupees as loans to formers within six years as the poverty alleviation programs.
Equipping all V