KATHMANDU, Nov 20: A group of leaders, including former Vice-chairman Ashok Rai, who had quit CPN-UML demanding single ethnic identity based federalism, finally decided to announce a new party on November 22. Rai would lead the new party to be named as Federal Democratic Socialist Party.
The party will also announce its central ad-hoc committee on the same day. "We will announce a new party on November 22. The leaders who accept federal socialism can join our party," said Rajendra Shrestha, who is close to Ashok Rai.
Meanwhile, the democratic group, led by Kumar Rai and ethnic activist Chaitanya Subba, will form a separate party named Social Democratic Pluri National Party by November end. Kumar and Ashok-led groups decided to form separate parties after they failed to settle the differences over whether to mention Marxism in the party´s political document.
Kumar Rai, who heads the democratic group, said that they had already decided on the name of the party in the 25-point agreement and also finalized party document by removing differences.
According to Subba, Ashok Rai-led group ignored past agreements. "Rai failed to accommodate views from all sides including that of the democratic group," said Subba.