The euphoria of the November CA election was short-lived. As the vote count started trickling in, it was obvious that the tides had turned and the Nepali Congress and CPN-UML would be the largest party. To their disappointment, UCPN (M) was trailing third, with a large margin.
Only a day after the voting began, UCPN (M) hastily called a press meet at the middle of the night and threatened that if the counting does not stop, the party will not participate in the CA. Since then, the party has boycott processes of the election, and demanded an independent probe commission on vote rigging before the formation of the CA. The party has even refused to submit their list of candidates in the proportional representation category to stall the process.
On 24 December, over a month after the election, UCPN (Maoist) finally compromised on its demand and has agreed to submit their PR nominations and participate in the CA.
The timeline below traces UCPN (Maoist)’s journey from its refusal to participate in the CA to paving way for CA and government formation.