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Nepalís Only Option for Consensus Gov

Prakash Bom - 12/22/2012

Nepalís largest selling English Daily ďKathmandu PostĒ and its Nepali Daily seem ever inclined to publish their headlines against the government as one of the established and dominant daily news media! One of the prime examples of their headlines was ďPrez talks turkey in PokharaĒ circulated on December 2, 2012, which sketched out a portrait of the president Dr. Ram Baran Yadav favoring incumbent government of the Prime minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai.

The objective of the headline is as apparent as it may be but the fact is the political stalemate that opposition parties have imposed upon made people of all walks of life unhappy. The question is whether people would like the opposition parties join incumbent government to conduct the Constituent Assembly polls as per presidentís aspiration might be too embarrassing for the ego of main opposition party leaders, but thatís where it seems to be led to as only option.

Nepal as an officially established Federal Democratic Republic has at present been governed for last five years under the Interim Constitution, whose primary objective was to fulfill the tasks of dissolved Constituent Assembly (CA) to draft a new constitution through a Parliamentary system. At this point, the Interim Constitution has become blindfolded without the fundamental amendments to deal with the constitutional crises to hold the Constituent Assembly elections without the Parliament.

It is obvious that the nation can only move forward at this juncture by forming a consensus government because the incumbent government of the Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai cannot be legitimate without the political consensus of all political parties to amend interim constitution and to hold polls of the Constituent Assembly. But the political consensus among political parties has failed since the election of the dissolved Constituent Assembly!

The UCPN (Maoist) led Dr. Baburam Bhattaraiís government was the elected government with the majority votes of the Parliament of dissolved CA. Since CA dissolved without fulfilling its objective the political course of the nation turned upside down due to the hasty moves of the incumbent government without the consultation of opposition parties. The course was triggered as a matter of fact by too much of differences among the main political parties with the lack of consolidation for the national consensus for good.

After the dissolution of CA the Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has become very popular with the ample of works that he has accomplished in developments, regulations, security, peace, international relations, and finance (except for the human rights justice) despite the partial budget and some of the corrupt ministers in his cabinet. His achievements has indeed made his rival communist parties, particularly UML and CPN-Maoist leaders, jealous and angry that has mislead good old Nepali Congress (NC) party leadership in opposition. The motives of the oppositions have become apparent to the people as nothing good for the nation but the egotistical of their own leaderships for power and self-worship.

As a result, NC as a leading socialist democratic party is unfortunately becoming unpopular day-in and day-out joining opposition agenda of the UML and CPN-Maoist. CPN-Maoist has recently claimed as the second largest political party of the nation as its play card to mislead predominantly NC because it has sensed its weakness in leadership.

Also, CPN-Maoist is claiming the position of the prime minister while capturing properties of people confiscated during Maoist insurgency. Therefore, NC joining hands of such a political party to empower opposition is the clear failure of its leadership. This is unfortunate for the nation because NCís present leadership and cadres have failed to see where they are caught up with their own reality.

The current political visions of senior leaders like Sher Bahadur Deupa in opposition to the present leadership of NC have dissolved and melted away to track NC to its original position with the national agenda to lead the nation. The cadres of Mr. Susil Koirala have dominated the course of NC in collaboration with the UML and CPN-Maoists to empower opposition. Once again this is insensitive and unfortunate.

The only option for NC is left to rise up to lead the nation is, as NC leader Sujata Koirala suggested carefully (seemingly being afraid of the cadres of Mr. Susil Koirala) to join incumbent government of Dr. Baburam Bhattarai to accomplish particularly the Constituent Assembly elections. If NC leaders and cadres join together to enlighten its leadership it can strike the deal with UCPN (Maoists) chairman Mr. Puspa Kamap Dahal to secure the powerful ministries of incumbent government to help form a consensus government.

Such move in my opinion will make NC popular among people who hope NC should rise up to lead the nation to democratize the nation with federal states that suite ethnic based states of the multi-ethnic, multi-culture and multi-lingual political geography of the nation. For this, the political sensitivity is more important than the political arrogance of the present leadership. It is time to wake up and set free NC from the spell of the UML leadership and the CPN-Maoist tricks. The ties with them for the empowerment of opposition against incumbent government will be unfortunate for both NC and the nation.

No matter how daily media house like Kantipur take such an honest suggestion of the president Dr. Ram Baran Yadav, but the political reality is leading to it, and it is NC leaders and cadres who have to enlighten its leadership to initiate the deal and lead the nation. If not the UCPN (Maoist) have to stick with the Prime minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai in the present coalition to prevent anarchism in the nation with the effective and solid leadership of the UCPN (Maoist) chairman Puspa Kamal Dahal. For this reason, the UCPN (Maoist) must not let go its leadership in the government to secure the achievements of people for the establishment of ethnic based federal states under the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal.

Prakash Bom is a freelance writer and columnist. His writings are focused on socio-political and economic issues of South Asia. He has written extensively on federalism with regards to the current political movements of Nepal. His articles are also published in American Chronicle

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