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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

All losers, some trapped in cul-de-sac

Now it is official. The Bhattarai government in Nepal is only caretaker. The president has made it clear through a statement.

As previously said, no one has won anything from the CA dissolution fiasco, with probable exception of those who were dead set against any radical change in the system. Yet the political parties are still to come to terms with the new reality.

While the parties outside the caretaker government are fumbling at the PM for not 'resigning' (supposedly on moral grounds in this land of immorality), this ironically implies that the PM has some sort of executive power and hence has to resign from the post. For a solution acceptable to all, a national unity government, the mirage of past four years, the Maoists and Madhesi parties also have to agree (something they can't even think of in the given circumstances).

And hence the main opposition parties NC and UML are in a political cul-de-sac. After the collective failure to promulgate the constitution, the Maoists are there in a position to enjoy spoils of power (along with there new ideological cousins, the Madhesi parties), something to get consoled with; but the former lack even this privilege.

Thus suddenly and days after the 4 year old CA collapsed, the national debate has also degraded to who should and who should not get opportunity to share the spoils of power. The president has avoided responding to the PM's proposal to hold fresh CA elections in Mangsir for now. The moment to decide on the issue will come and, needless to say, all the stakeholders should have their say on resolving this issue.

In another tragically humorous turn of events, the CA verdict to either promulgate constitution on May 27 or to go for alternatives like holding fresh election has been the lifeline of the incumbent PM (if anything 'legal' is to dictate the terms now) whose partymen were once rumored to have been preparing to impeach the CJ for the very verdict.

Let's see how many new ironies unfold at this tragic turn in history of Nepal. 

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