Nepal parties declare a road map for democracy
Seven major pro-democratic political parties in Nepal created history today by agreeing upon a common agenda for the restoration of democracy. Top leaders of Nepali Congress, CPN UML, NC Democratic, Janamorcha Nepal, Nepal Workers’ and Peasants’ Party, Nepal Sadbhavana Party (Anandidevi) and Samyukta Bammorcha gathered in a Kathmandu hotel this afternoon to announce the agenda titled ‘Rastriya Sankat Samadhan Ka Laagi Sajha Sahamati Ra Pratibaddha Ko Ghoshana’. (Declaration of common agreement and commitment to resolve National Crisis). Leaders didn’t disclose the date for starting the democratic movement. From left to right: Chitrabahadur Ale (Janamorcha), Bhogendra Thakur (Sadhbavana), Gopalman Shrestha (NCD), G P Koirala (NC), MK Nepal (UML), Narayan Man Bijukchhe (NWPP) and CP Mainali (SB). Pic by Wagle.
The Six-point agenda stresses on the necessity of the end of king’s direct and autocratic rule (point no. 2) and restoration of the House of Representatives (point no 3). The first point goes like this: The country is no suffering from two extremes ultra left Maoist communism and ultra right direct rule of the king. We can’t solve the burning problems of the country without getting rid of these two extremes. Democracy and rule by people’s representatives is the sole base for national consensus among all kinds of national forces in the national politics. The fourth point of the agenda outlines major working list for the solution of national crisis.
1. Formulation of government responsible to parliament.
2. Management of armed conflict and establishment of sustainable peace.
3. Commitment toward progressive program.
The sixth point states about holding a national election.
Leaders of the seven parties signed the papers in front of journalists. Girija Prasad Koirala led the signing ceremony. Madhav Kumar Nepal followed. While they were signing the papers, leaders of second generations who were seated just behind the row of top leaders were keenly watching. Mahesh Acharya, central committee member of Nepali Congress read the agenda for journalists. While Acharya was reading the paper, leaders were served coffee (or tea, I couldn’t figure out. But I saw Koirala leading the drinking ceremony too. CP Mainali who was presented the tea first shyly pushed the cup on his front. He pulled the cup only after Koirala sipped once.)
There was no question answer session. After Acharya read out the statement, the ceremony was abruptly declared end. Some scribes tried to take out some stuff from leaders but they all kept mum. As Nepali scribes poured questions upon Koirala, he ignored them but answered to an Indian journalist’s queries in English while he was about to board his car.
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Many time in the past, these leaders have framed and signed on the common agenda. Many times people have been decieved. Who and how can people believe these common agenda? If they get chance to grab the power, any of these party leader will forget the agenda. This is the thing, exactly the same happened in the past also.
Comment by sita — 5/8/2005 @ 7:50 pm
at last they have come to a common agenda!thats good!i hope these guys dont repeat their previous mistakes!i hope they will run the country without being corrupt!i hope they sove the maoist problem by being united!i personally believe that the most important thing right now for the pple of nepal is peace!i hope the political parties bring peace to nepal!well this can happen only if the big dude allows them to do so !but the question is when?????????1 month 2 months 3 months 10 years 30 years?????lets hope watever happens will happen for the benifit of nepali pple!
Comment by tarkasur — 5/8/2005 @ 9:47 pm
Its difficult to believe. Let them first do the job then people will believe.
Comment by eruresia — 5/8/2005 @ 11:06 pm
…Congratulations ! This is what people want – unity among the parliamentarians in issues of national interest. This step should have been taken long back once maoists surfaced.
We people are for you if you are for us. Hope you prove our hopes right this time.
Comment by Madhesi — 5/9/2005 @ 12:48 am
It looks the same old faces of the past failed parties. We need truely new faces with new vision, with new democratics norms and values.
If MK Nepal, GPK truely believe they are good leaders, why donot they relized their past mistakes and step aside, have someone who can demostrates new vision of their paries. It is hard me to believe them after all those strategical mistakes they have made in the past 12 years.
Comment by Pashupati — 5/9/2005 @ 1:27 am
The real agenda of the Political Parties:
– Unite to grab power
– Unite to fool again we Nepalese people
– The King will give Democracy to Nepalese. Why not do something and earn some brownie points.
– Unite to escape from the dragnet of RCCC
These bunch of incompetent idiots are responsible for the political mire/crisis Nepal is in today. Had they had any self-respect they would have retired from politics.
Never were you all united to govern Nepal properly. All of you were responsible for the “13 Prime Ministers in 13 years”.
WE NEPALESE HAVE NO HOPE FROM YOU ALL.
Comment by Budbak — 5/9/2005 @ 2:16 am
I would like to congratulate seven parties for the agreement. I am so happy to see the agreement not between seven parties but excluding two palace sponsored thug parties – RPP and RJP. Instead of having six point agenda, the parties should have only one agenda – Let us use Article 127 to get rid of this bottleneck called “anarchy monarchy”
Comment by XYZ — 5/9/2005 @ 7:36 am
Congratulations to the parties. Good luck.
Comment by ABC — 5/9/2005 @ 7:39 am
The so called “One voice” had different meaning to each party.
Comment by Electra — 5/9/2005 @ 8:41 am
I agree- same old faces. They say old habits die hard. I know I should be excited with this news but I am not. Do I trust these faces? No. Do I believe they can finally come together and work for a common cause? Not really. Not single one of them has a respectable track record. HOWEVER, this is was a necessary step under the circumstances. Maybe I will keep my fingers crossed this time.
Comment by sameer — 5/9/2005 @ 9:35 am
What a repeated attempt from these politicians to fool us, Nepalese. It’s nice to see that most of we Nepalese brothers and sisters knew their dirty trick to capture the seats and increase their bank balance. These politicians are unable to give logical reason to make us believe because they know they are wrong and we know better than them. They know the Nepalese people have become alert against their dirty mission to capture power, so they try to show they are united. It’s all their dirty game my friends please don’t enter inside it otherwise it’s difficult to get out from it again.
Comment by Once fooled Nepalese — 5/9/2005 @ 9:37 am
Look at their faces. No body seems happy for what they did. They must be thinking when they will get power and can fill their stomach again as they seems hungry for long time.
Comment by Satish — 5/9/2005 @ 9:46 am
Congratulation for the political party. Although it is very late, they realized their common understanding and potential role in Nepal for stability and peace. I hope they will consider the Maiost voices also liberally to give them a safe landing of their so called “revolution” and return Nepal to the peace, trinquality and development once again.
Comment by Ram — 5/9/2005 @ 10:18 am
It is a long a long movement to restore democracy, so the agreement must not be broke.
Comment by hemraj — 5/9/2005 @ 12:27 pm
These corrupet politican want to start the looting the country again. So they have united. They should know that being one time fool is simple and being fooled again and again you have to be idiot and Neapli are not idiots.
Comment by Raj — 5/9/2005 @ 1:03 pm
What a joke!!!! That they will first revive the old parliament and then on form an all-party government. How will there be an all-party government when the NC is in a majority there? GPK will be Prime Minister for life. After the HOuse has been revived, there will be a major fight on who will become Prime Minister?? This is all a joke. Nobody is amused.
Comment by Srijana Tamrakar — 5/9/2005 @ 2:35 pm
Look at their faces. Same old crooks. Reviving parliament and then getting the Pajeros back again. What a beautiful idea. Nobody will participate in their jana andolaan. It is not our andolan. It is the movement of the politicians to get back power, money, women, booze, and what not.
Comment by Astha Thapa — 5/9/2005 @ 2:37 pm
what a sham!!!! These people (the leaders) should clean up their acts within their parties…like Girija being president even when his term is expired, who can nominate his cronies in the Working Committee, and Madhave Nepal who can kickass Oli and others. When these people cannot provide democracy within their own parties, what democracy do they give to the people? It is just a lust for power and to loot nation once again. These people are so confused that they cannot even say what Maoists are – are they terrorists or political force. One statement from people like Ram saran Mahat, maoists are political forces but their actions are not. He should know what his statement means because no one else does. It is like saying Girija stole money from the public coffers but he is not a corrupt person. They agree only to destroy whatever little is left of our nation. We trust snake more than these bunch of idiots.
Jai Desh! Jai Matribhumi!! Jai Nepal!!!
Comment by Moonflower — 5/9/2005 @ 3:05 pm
Thank God they realised they need to unite. All I can do now is pray and hope that this is genuine and that they shall remain united for the voice of the people.
PLEASE LEADERS FIGHT FOR US INSTEAD OF YOURSELVES AND POWER, WE ALL RELY ON YOU TO GIVE DEMOCRACY BACK TO THE PEOPLE
All left now is a lot of optimisnm
Comment by suvecha — 5/9/2005 @ 3:14 pm
Good days are coming
Power, money and prado are coming
Pretty pretty girls are also coming
This time no chance of regression
All comfort, privilege and verdict to loot for possession
What a lovely idea
re-instatement of old privileges
Let’s go together hand in hand
This is the meaning of democracy-
loot by the people, for the people to the people
Comment by Sreeejana — 5/9/2005 @ 3:30 pm
“loot by the people, for the people to the people ” as sreeeeejana
they are now ready again to loot and escap from rccc
Comment by basnet — 5/9/2005 @ 5:37 pm
Tehi, ta ho ni ,,,,,
Until one of the seven get the chair of Priminister. If King throws A BREAD OF PRIMEMINISTERSHIP to any one among the seven they will be ready to collapse the coalition.
Elephant ko khane mouth a show garne mouth alag huncha hoina!
Comment by Damber Khanal — 5/9/2005 @ 7:34 pm
DESh BARBADI ka NAYAK HARU
AAj desh ko jun dasha cha tyo tapi haru ko anudar ka karan le garda ho. What vision do u hold and why should we support we?
Can u really solve the problem like maoist. ? CAn you bring back us the land like kalapani? Can you give us democracy ?
Can you take actions upon corrupted party icons?
I don’t think that u can do any thing . I think before to start democractic revolution we should through all these peoples in to container or they should be given visa to any country they wish and should be dumped away from nepal
The only thing they can do is to sign a common agenda ( not clear , most confusing )to get in to power. THESE PEOPLE HAVE BROUGHT THIS SITUATION IN TO MY COUNTRY. I CURSE THEM . I WONT FORGIVE THEM. THEY ARE INCAPABLE AND VISIONLESS. MEDIA PLEASE LET’S NOT WITH THEM. LET US FIRST START REBUILTING OUR CONCEPT FOR DEMOCRACCY.
WE HAVE TO DO IT NOT THESE BLOODY NETAS
Comment by DJ — 5/9/2005 @ 8:12 pm
माधब कुमार नेपाल ले सता पाउना साथ ६ दल बाकि हुनेछ !
Comment by basnet — 5/9/2005 @ 9:54 pm
These Power hungry Crooks.
Even cows & buffaloes once in a while look up at the sky as if to thank God, but these politicians after stealing crores of rupees never look up. Do they have any conscience?
Comment by Bir Ghale — 5/9/2005 @ 10:10 pm
Girija – Prime Minister
Sujata – Sallahakar (Sablai Tharkayera feri Ghus ra Bank balance bhadaune)
Mahesh Acharya – Artha (Girija babu lai paisa ta chahiyo ni)
Khum Bahadur – Griha (Daka haru lai feri naka ta kholnu paryo ni)
Bijaya – Yatayat
Yehi nai hun feri desh banauna tamsi raheka haru..14 barsa hami lai narka ko jindagi behorna badhya parne haru…
Tyes mathi feri UML ta chadai chha arko dukha ko poko..Khilyo ki ganaune..
Khabardar sathi haru ho..
Comment by kash — 5/10/2005 @ 4:23 am
लोभी र पापीहरुको भेट भाको हो यो। उनीहरुलाइ नैतिक बलनै(Moral power) छैन यो आन्दोलन गर्न।
Comment by नेपाली मन — 5/10/2005 @ 11:05 am
maybe old faces ?
but Nepal has been thrown back to 50 years back, back to chakari system of “yes men” of Rana times
who really helped the maoists at the beginning ?
who always refused to do its job of protecting the country ?
who stayed in barracks instead of fighting, refusing to obey a legitimate elected government ?
who requested perks like banks, aitline, whatever?
under somebody’s order ?
since 3 years the so -called “governement” had anyway no power left, except that of increasing absurdly Narayan Hity’s civil list (for the richest man of the country)
-the present self-appointed leadership deliberately let the situation rot in order to justify the takeover , to accuse then “democracy”
-what is their project ? none but absolute power of a few say dreamers, back to Rana era – that was absolute misery end despondency for 95 per cent of the Nepali people
no developpement, you’ll get money only by slaving abroad, inside , be quiet or we have a big army ! and believe our propaganda, make lies truth and truth lies
that is populism also : “fight against coouption” , so funny, just look at the fighters, look at their past
-Panchayat was state-run corruption, top to bottom, democracy simply followed the old track- with a difference, you can denounce the corrupted
-what kind orf people who are sending to court (and what kind of a court) a faithful servant like was Deuba ?
-some people are mad with power, they want more, they want blood, they love to see their fellow countrymen despair- call them maobadi or rajabadi, same hate, same raste for blood
Comment by karma — 5/10/2005 @ 2:16 pm
I would rather be ruled by corrupt politicians that I can vent my anger at publicly than be ruled by corrupt politicians that I cannot say anything against. Guess which one applies to us right now?
Comment by sameer — 5/10/2005 @ 3:57 pm
Only in prison can someone find so many thieves at one place.
These politicians are really lucky to be Nepal and are facing Nepali media that is silent on their corruption. Had these politicians been in a western country, by now they would hiding their faces in public.
“Donkey ride” with a garland of shoes is what these theives deserve.
Comment by Pradeep Sharma — 5/10/2005 @ 4:05 pm
Media plz. let’s not discover that these people can solve and can restore democracy. We have seen these people from past sixteen yrs. It has been proven they can do nothing. So thinking of giving chance one more time to these incapable seven people is just doing like goru lai dhoyer(wash garer) gai banunu jastai ho I belive new youngsters can drive absolutely the nepal of 21st century. So let’s promote new youngs, new ideas and new brain. This will be new concept for restoring democracy in real.
Comment by D.J — 5/10/2005 @ 4:52 pm
फेरिस स्टेट युनिभर्सिटी मिचिगनका प्रोफेसर र एसोसिएसन अफ नेपालीज इन मिडवेस्ट अमेरिकाका अध्यक्ष्ा समेत भइसकेका डा खगेन्द्र थापाको विचारमा शाही कदम नेपाली जनतालाई निर्वाचित अपराधीहरूबाट जोगाउन आएको हो । त्यस्तै न्युयोर्कका दीप्त शाह र क्यालिफोर्नियाको मदरल्यान्ड अफ नेपालका अध्यक्ष अनिल पाण्डे पनि थापाकै जस्तो विचार राख्छन् ।
Comment by basnet — 5/10/2005 @ 11:06 pm
a basnet praises thapa, shah and pandey. Nepal has not changed for the past 200 years. very good summary of nepal’s history and society, basnet.
Comment by pita — 5/12/2005 @ 11:03 am
“a basnet praises thapa, shah and pandey”
People like ‘pita’ have always racially discriminated against the hill people. “Pahad ko Nepali ” must be conscious of their rights else these “pita” type of people will push you down the drain.
Comment by Saket Rai — 5/13/2005 @ 1:27 am
My son, who was five during the American election of 2004, was apparently so enthused by the news coverage that he came to me and said “dad, I want to be the president too!”
“Well,” I told him, “you can’t be the president of the US, because you were not born here.”
“Then I will be the president of Nepal,” he said.
“No,” I said, “in Nepal we have a King. But, in theory, you could be the Prime Minister”
“Yeah!” he joyously exclaimed, “then I will be the Nepal prime minister!”
“No babu,” I said seriously, “you can’t because a person named Girija will never let you.”
As funny as it may sound, that is what I think about Nepal’s politicians. All they are after is power and wealth. Had they thought about more important things like Nepal, development, strengthening of democracy, we would not be blogging about Asoj 4 or February 1.
Now the same apes claim to be “united” to bring democracy back to Nepal? What is their qualification to do so. If they were employed in the private sector they would have been fired a long time ago. It’s only their idiocy that leads them to believe that the Nepali people do not understand their farce.
Let them try bringing democracy to hell, when they get there. And I hope that day comes sooner rather than later. Bring democracy to their own parties first and then lecture us about what they are capable of doing…
Comment by a_nepali — 5/13/2005 @ 9:09 pm