House of Representative Member
For the past 70 years, established political parties have occupied the Nepali political landscape. What people have always wanted is a ray of hope in this tainted field. Hope is a constant companion in people’s life. Balen’s win is a reward for long wishes for change. However, we must acknowledge that change doesn’t happen overnight, it was the effort of those who fought against a corrupt system. People are sick of old, repetitive faces that promise nothing but false hope. The independent wins not only of Balen but also of Harka Sampang and other independent representatives signify hope at least at the local level. That’s where change takes place, and change begins.
Maha Samiti Member
The involvement of youth in politics and the rise of independent candidates indicate transformation brought about by the demands of modern times. Youth in politics is obliged to put an end to the archaic methodologies of the political parties increasing independent candidacy. Sometimes, however, the public locks horns with individual candidates because of their incompetence rather than the modus operandi of the political parties.
I certainly oppose the belief that Balen Shah’s win was primarily an outcome of just the advertising campaigns or the temptation to go with ‘the wave’. Balen’s win is an outcome of public’s outcry for change. This is a major wake-up call to all the political parties and an urge to change their ideas and approaches to gaining popular vote in the upcoming elections. In case they fail to do so, we are set to see an upsurge of more independent candidates in the future.
Dr Dhundi Raj Pathak
Solid Waste Management Specialist
Looking at it as a whole, I have to admit that the independents is not a sustainable solution to strengthen governance and development process but a wake-up call to all parties to improve. It’s a call to better a failed system and accelerate sustainable development and visionary leadership. The ground reality is far from political ideologies and theories. Although age is not an important factor, young talents in multidisciplinary fields have convinced the locals that they can work in the people’s favour. Balen’s win is a step towards abolishing the conventional approach of political elections at the local level. The new age voters did not buy into the idea of the old age party agendas but brought a candidate who could represent their unheard voices. In the coming state-level election, what we will search for is transparency and change.
Intersectional Climate Justice Activist Co-Founder & President, Harin Nepal
The high margin victory of Balen Shah and other independent candidates is the result of major parties failure, the declining trust in politicians who have been hoarding power for decades, and the growing frustration of the masses. It is also an indication that the number of conscious voters has increased in Nepal who want a contemporary yet erudite leadership. The recent election shows youths are on their way to taking national leadership. Most importantly, the result is also a reassurance that the power of people is superior to people in power. All these show Nepal is in a prolonged transition.