Entrepreneurs today urged the political parties to accept the people’s verdict and work unitedly for the economic prosperity of the country.
Requesting to help create an investment-friendly environment, the business fraternity also asked them not to prolong the uncertainty.
Addressing an interaction here in the Valley Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) vice president Bhaskar Raj Rajkarnikar asked the UCPN-Maoist to accept the people’s verdict and work for the economic planning for the development of the country. “The private sector will not support any disturbances like bandh and strike,” he said, adding that the economy has been suffering due to uncertainty.
The people voted for the Nepali Congress to be the largest party – with over 100 seats in the 240 First Past The Post system – followed by CPN-UML – liberal communists – also due to lengthening uncertainty of the drafting of democratic Constitution.
People rejected the UCPN-Maoist – that has a notorious reputation and was the largest party in the first Constituent Assembly (CA) elections in 2008 – as it has always restricted the people’s right to economic freedom by calling bandh and strikes for several days.
The political parties now have to walk the talk as they have promised in their election manifesto, he added. “The new elected government will give political stability that has been eluding the country since last one decade,” Rajkarnikar hoped, requesting the parties to focus on creating investment-friendly environment and generating employment. “The FNCCI is ready to lobby in bringing the investment in the country.”
The private sector is seriously concerned over the political parties’ announcement – especially the UCPN-Maoist and some regional parties – that they will not accept the people’s verdict, said National Business Initiative (NBI) general secretary Surendra Bir Malakar, on the occasion. “Though the economic agendas in the political parties’ manifesto seems encouraging, it all depends on their will power to implement,” he added.
The political parties have been, while in the government, talking of creating investment-friendly environment and once they are out of the government forget their promise and start creating disturbance in the business sector, irritating the people at large.
The UCPN-Maoist has won in only 25 constituencies, while the Nepali Congress has won in over 100 and CPN-UML has in around 100 constituencies in the second CA elections held on November 19, though the Proportional Representation (PR) votes are being counted for the 601 members of the CA that is expected to draft the Constitution this time.

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