The Prime Minister has silenced the word P in Politics and has transformed it into Oli-tics or in simple words, “ government of KP Oli, for KP Oli, by KP Oli.” When his Government should be preparing to inoculate citizens to fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, we the people are being forced upon another midterm election which as per Annapurna Express, will cost well over 100 billion rupees of taxpayers’ money.
The 100 billion rupees election budget can do wonders for the people of this country if the government spends it in procuring more vaccines and updating the health infrastructures to tackle the current crisis, and also prepare for another possible surge of Covid-19. This would not only save lives but also uphold the constitutional proclamation that the sovereignty of Nepal is inherent in us, the citizens of Nepal, the ultimate beneficiaries of any constitutional exercise.
Let the truth be told loud and clear:
“we the people are not just a part of the number game based on which a selected few get to govern as at their whims”.
The government and the opposition should be sensitive to public needs and sentiments and should act accordingly that justifies peoples trust on them.
The article more or less depicts the vicious circle of the Nepali politics that begins with hope, leading to greed, lust for power, resulting in frustrations, setbacks, revenge, deceit and ultimately a disaster..
Here through a series of articles, we will trace and present to you some of the crucial timelines to capture how all this started and where we have reached so far.
Here we begin with Part I.
Part I: The Prologue
The promulgation of the Constitution of Nepal 2072 was a historic event. Despite India’s dissatisfaction which resulted in economic blockade, the political parties stayed united and after a decade long constitution process, Nepal got its constitution as envisioned after the 2062 People’s revolution ushering hope and optimism.
Local bodies elections were held for the first time in almost two decades as the first step towards the implementation of the new constitution. Nepal prepared for the first elected government in nearly two decades as the last one was in the year 1999. However, the political paradigm had shifted by then where Maoist & UML had fought a cut-throat and dirty battle during the local level elections but chose to contest the national election together leading to the possibility of unification in the aftermath.
They had a thumping majority and people’s hopes were in cloud 9. Nepal was getting a government that enjoyed nearly two third majority and were expecting a stable government and a prosperous future.
A promise of ‘Prosperous Nepal Happy Nepali’
This was the promise given by the newly elected PM Oli who had verbally agreed or seemed to have agreed with Prachanda to share the term of PM and at the time was the co-chairman of the unified Communist Party.
We must say that even Sher Bahadur Deuba may have been taken by a huge surprise when Khadga Prasad Oli, the chairman of United Marxist Leninist (UML) and Pushpa Kamal Dahal alias Prachanda, the chairman of the Maoist party decided to form an alliance for the national and province level election in 2017. Both had vowed not to work together and were considered cut-throat enemies esp. Prachanda, who had supported Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s first tenure, withdrew his party’s support on 13th July 2016, and on 5th August, 2016, he himself became the Prime Minister of Nepal for the second time with the support of Congress chief, Sher Bahadur Deuba.
He resigned on 24th May 2017 to pave the way for Sher Bahadur Deuba to become the next Prime Minister as per their agreement.
However, it was jaw-dropping for all when KP Sharma Oli and Prachanda decided to form the left alliance and contest the local and provincial election jointly when they has a series of mudslinging during the local level elections that was highlighted by the famous ballot paper tearing fiasco in Bharatpur.
As they say in politics, there are no permanent enemies, and no permanent friends, only permanent interests.
Both the leaders verbally agreed to contest the election as an alliance followed by unification of the two communist parties. The primary catch here being that on victory, both the leaders will lead the government as the Prime Minister for two and half years each.