Friends Society Secular Party

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Friends Society Secular Party
फ्रेंड्स सोसाइटी सेक्युलर पार्टी
FoundersVaruna Sriraya
Tanishkaa Patranabish
Founded10 April 2016
Registered11 April 2016
Dissolved15 March 2019
Merger ofFriends Societal Congress
Political positionCentre-left
National affiliationFriend Society Progressive Alliance

The Friends Society Secular Party, formerly the Children's Group Secular Party, was one of the most important political parties in the Friends Society. The Friends Society Secular Party was the first-ever political party that was established in the nation immediately before the April 2016 general election, which ushered the era of partisan politics in the nation. The party was dissolved following its merger with the Friends Societal Congress in March 2019.


The Friends Society Secular Party was established by former Prime Minister Varuna Sriraya on 10 April 2016, on the eve of the April 2016 general election and contested the election and was able to defeat incumbent Prime Minister Sarala Baishya and formed the government. The party won outstandingly in the general election held in December the same year for the record second time. However, the party dissidence in January–February 2017 with its founder Varuna Sriraya's joining the Friends Society Independent Party along with several other top leaders. The party which once used to be the principal party in the government became a junior ally in the alliance government and was finally moved out of the government after the Independent Party leadership decide to forge the alliance in order to form a government with the Friends Society Freedom Party.

The Secular Party became the nation's principal opposition party in April 2017 and its President Tanishkaa Patranabish was elected as the Leader of the Opposition in the parliament. The party emerged as the single largest party in the general election held in July 2017, however as no single party was able to achieve a simple majority, then President Varuna Sriraya invited leaders of all three political parties to form a unity government with Tanishkaa Patranabish being the leader of the government. She became the Prime Minister for the second time on 5 July 2017. With President Varuna Sriraya's stepping down to become the Prime Minister on 25 December 2017, the Secular Party and the unity government alliance offered support to him and his party, the Friends Societal Congress to form the government. The two parties formed the government again after the March 2018 general election in which the Congress emerged as the largest party in the parliament. Following the May 2018 constitutional coup, Tanishkaa Patranabish was appointed as the President of the Council of Ministers and she remained on such position until 11 September 2018 and later became the Speaker of the National Parliament following the restoration of the democracy in September 2018.

She contested the November 2018 presidential election unsuccessfully against incumbent President Varuna Sriraya and was placed second with 29.2% of the total votes. She became the Prime Minister in January 2019 following an agreement with the president and remained on such position until March 2019. The party merged with the Friends Societal Congress on 16 March 2019.