Naya Shakti mulling to quit left alliance

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Naya Shakti Nepal led by Baburam Bhattarai is mulling to quit the left alliance.

Bhattarai is mulling to quit the alliance with CPN (Maoist Center) trying to stop him run from Gorkha- 2, and him facing problems in candidacy even while accepting to run with the election symbol of CPN-UML.  

He has presented the alternatives of running the election with his party's symbol or helping the alliance by not fielding candidates in the meeting of his party. Stating that the dialogue with the alliance is going on, he has briefed his party members that the Maoists are trying to settle scores from the time of insurgency, and he will think about whether to remain in the alliance or not on failing to reach agreement on sharing of election tickets. He briefed that CPN-UML Chairman KP Oli is still saying he will try to convince but Maoist Center is trying to move ahead by bullying Naya Shakti.

Naya Shakti leaders said the party should field candidates against Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Narayan Kaji Shrestha after hearing the briefing. Naya Shakti Spokesperson Keshav Dahal said the party cannot stop candidacy of its leaders if the parties fail to agree.

Maoist Center is arguing that UML should provide candidacy to Naya Shakti from its share of 60 percent as the party will run on the election symbol of UML.

Oli told Bhattarai during the meeting on Wednesday that he is trying to convince Maoist Center.

Naya Shakti spokesperson Dahal said the parties are trying to push Naya Shakti around even as it received votes, enough to secure three to four seats in proportional electoral system in the federal election, in the local level elections. "We are also preparing dummy list of candidates to field in the elections if we quit the alliance," he added.