Swarnim Wagle, a distinguished economist and former vice chairman of the National Planning Commission, made waves on Thursday with a bold move – announcing his departure from the party via a Facebook post.
In his post, he cited his association with the Satyagraha movement of 2042 and the Jan Andolan of 2046, as well as his family’s 50-year legacy, as the reasons for his departure from the party.
Dr. Wagle had expressed in his Facebook post that he had been an active member of the Nepali Congress Party for 30 years and had made significant contributions to the party’s economic policies, intellectual debates, and training, as well as to the expansion of international legal frameworks. He had also been proud to work with Sushil Koirala and Sher Bahadur Deuba in fulfilling the responsibilities given to him by the Planning Commission.
However, recent developments within the party had made him reconsider his position. The party’s internal struggles and the loss of the self-respect of many Congress supporters, including the historic parties of B.P. Koirala, Ganeshman Singh, Suvorna Shamsher, and Kishunji, had made it difficult for him to remain.
Wagle called on all Congress and Communist Party members who value independence, progress, and a broader political horizon, as well as Nepalese who reside abroad and seek to advance Nepal’s interests, to join forces and create a strong alternative democratic force. He expressed his desire to work towards a clean democracy and an economic agenda that would lead to prosperity, starting with the 2080 agenda.
The resignation of Swarnim Wagle from the Nepali Congress Party is expected to have significant implications for the party and Nepal’s political landscape.
Wagle has reportedly been offered a ticket by the Rastriya Swatantra Party to run in the by-election for Tanahun-1.
Swarnim Wagle tried his best to be a direct candidate on behalf of the Nepali Congress Party in Chitwan Region No. 1 in the last General elections. However, the party leadership didn’t nominate him.
Who is Swarnim Wagle?
Swarnim Wagle is the Chief Economic Advisor at the UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific in New York. He is a former Vice-Chair and Member of the National Planning Commission of Nepal, headed by the Prime Minister. He served as Vice-Chair from August 2017 to February 2018, and as Member of the National Planning Commission of Nepal for two terms (September 2016 to August 2017 and May 2014 to November 2015). He holds academic degrees from the London School of Economics, Harvard University and the Australian National University.