Kathmandu, Nepal, Dec. 03, 2019: The by-elections held for the House of Representatives (HoR) member, State Assembly (SA) members and local representatives including a Mayor have shown no tangible change in the strength of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) and the main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) than the elections held in 2017 though the NC has become success to snatch some posts from the NCP.
As the by-elections was taken as of a mini-referendum to check the performance of the government and the opposition parties, the political analysts have a conclusion that the Nepali Congress has failed to take advantage from the growing unpopularity of the incumbent government.
The conclusion of the political analyst is that the NC would have success to snatch more seats if it had played constructive role as opposition in the party in the parliament by exposing the wrongdoings of the incumbent government.
The Nepali Congress has failed to snatch more seats from the ruling NCP except in a provincial assembly seat in Bhaktapur and a few positions of local governments. The NC has added one more SA seat from Bhaktapur- 1(a) and the mayoral post from Dharan sub-metropolis along with some ward chairs.
Some analysts have a saying that the Nepali Congress increased of some seats and vote by taking advantage from the people’s growing dissatisfaction with the government but not due to its own performance in the parliament as the main opposition party.
Being the main opposition party, the Nepali Congress has to do many to win the heart and minds of the people and to become success to emerge as the largest party in the future elections, analysts have said.
Following the election, the government head NCP and the main opposition NC have been defining the elections results on their own convenient way and style claiming popularity on their own fold. The NC has defined the increase of vote and seats as people’s growing dissatisfaction with the government.
Likewise, the leaders of the ruling head NCP have their own psychiatry over the election results. They have a saying that the election results do not necessarily indicate the unpopularity of the government to the level of critics and media reports.
In the election, the ruling head NCP has secured its victory in 30 seats while the Nepali Congress has secured 13 seats followed by four seats of the Socialist Party and three by Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN). One independent candidate also clinched a victory in the by-election.
The ruling head NCP has won one HoR seat in Kaski constituency-2, one SA seat, three rural municipality chair seats, one vice chair and 24 ward chairs. Likewise, NC has won the one SA seat, one sub-metropolis mayoral post and 11 ward chairs.
Similarly, the Socialist Party candidates secured three ward chair posts and the RJPN enjoyed its victory in three ward chair posts while Rastriya Janamorcha Party has won the SA election in Baglung.