All The King’s Parties

Lets look at the Nepal’s ‘political parties’ from whose help king Gyanendra hopes to bring democracy back in Nepal. Of the 72 parties taking part in the civic poll, 52 have never taken part in elections. Of the remaining 20, only one party had representation in the last parliament. They collectively got less than 2 percent of the votes cast during the last general election. Report we like in the mainstream press

72 pc parties in poll fray for first time. Burden of polls on fringe parties

By Bishnu Budhathoki in the Kathmandu Post

King Gyanendra is ‘committed to providing life’ to democracy by conducting municipal polls on February 8. But the burden of helping him in this ‘democratic endeavor’ has fallen on the shoulders of fringe parties, the majority of whom have never taken part in elections. Of the 72 parties cleared by the Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday (Dec. 6) for participation in the upcoming municipal polls, 52 (72 per cent of the parties registered for municipal polls) have never taken part in elections. Of the remaining 20, barring the RPP (which is yet to decide if it wants to contest the polls), only one party- Nepal Sadbhawana Party- had representation in the last parliament.

This means, 70 of these parties have never known public trust and never been elected to the highest law making body. The total popular vote garnered by them provides further indication of how many Nepalis they actually represent—they collectively got less than 2 percent of the votes cast during the last parliamentary polls.

Moreover, a majority of them polled less than 1,000 votes. For instance, Nepal Rastriya Aketa Party got only 8 votes; Mechi Mahakali Jana Samonya Dal got 35 votes; two candidates from Samajbadi Garib Party had 86 votes, Socialist Democratic Party received 97, and Nepal Janabhawana Party, 120 votes.

Interestingly, most of these 70 parties do not have their own party office.

Former chairman of Raj Parishad Standing Committee, Keshar Jung Rayamajhi has re-registered his party at the EC and given Tripureshwor as the address of the party office. When the Post dialed the phone number of his party office, it turned out to be his residence at Lainchour. Similarly, when Nepal Conservative Party office was dialed the call was received at PLA Student Care Foundation, Bagbazar. Ananta Parajuli, an assistant at the foundation, said it was also a contact office of the party. The daughter-in-law of Hit Bahadur Pyakurel, chairman of Mechi Mahakali Jana Samonya Dal, said she was unaware that her father-in-law had a party office. Like Pyakurel, many party chairmen have given the telephone numbers of their residences as party office numbers.

Not only this, they don’t even have a party office. Many of the party chairmen are not political animals, let alone full-time politicians. Surya Bahadur Khadka ‘Bikharchi’, president of Nepal Janabhavana Party, teaches at Saradha Boarding School in Pokhara. And then there is a Nepali version of Jesse Ventura, former wrestler-turned-governor of the state of Minnesota in the United States. ‘The’ Bharat Bahadur Bisural, who worked as a professional wrestler in the US for years, came back to Nepal and contested parliamentary polls in 1991 from four election constituencies.

Candidates of his party managed to garner just 2562 votes in total from six constituencies. After political hibernation for years, Bisural has again registered his party at the EC to contest municipal polls.

Hari Kumar Basnet, who was nominated a member of Kathmandu District Development Committee after February One, has also formed his own party—Rastriya Jagerna Party. Former member of the then Social Service National Coordination Council, Basnet said the party has about 50 organized members.

“We are thinking of contesting the municipal polls in Bagmati Zone and in Butwal municipality,” he said.

When asked why the EC cleared all the parties that had registered as eligible for the polls, Tej Muni Bajracharya, EC spokesperson, said anybody could register as a political organization.

“It is a constitutional right to form political organizations,” he said.

7 Responses to “All The King’s Parties”

1. Chankhe Says:
December 7th, 2005 at 5:33 pm
Wow, 2%!! Dubna lageko manchhe lai paral ko tyandra pani sahara hunchha bhanchhan. aba tehi hola.
The party which can’t get more than 1% of the total votes must be made void.

2. Pudke Says:
December 7th, 2005 at 7:29 pm
Ma ta Pudke nai chhu. Ab Raja 72 party haru bat jhan aglo hune bhaye. Hahahaha

3. Sparsha Says:
December 7th, 2005 at 9:46 pm
Kasto bidambana ho
It is like the election in Iraq during Saddam Hussain’s time. If I remember correctly Saddam’s party got 99% of vote.
Of course KG’s cronies are going to bring “bhadaka tattu” to show that people care him. This is very dangerous.
Ke garne !

4. unknown101 Says:
December 7th, 2005 at 11:05 pm
what should we do?can the blogger suggest some ideas

5. junge Says:
December 8th, 2005 at 3:17 am
it just seems like the king is playing all the cards in his favor. clearly, if the election goes ahead with political parties like these, democracy will not be succesfull. even with a handful of parties taking up all the seats in the parlimentry elections, coming up with a stable government was so difficult. i cannot see how have crazyly high number of parties can help democracy in any sort of way.

well unknown101, even though i m not a political analyst by any means. i think that the step taken my major parties like NC n UML to not to participate in the election is very significant. at least the world will know that general people are not too content with the government. but who really cares what the world thinks. chavez, in venezuela, won a landslide election while his major opposition party did not participate in the election. the world could not do anything about it.

i think the people just need to keep on going on the streets and let their opinion about the king be known. the only solution to the crisis, given that the maoists stick to their words about being happy with a multiparty democracy, is that the king leaves the country. monarchy is a thing of the past. nepal cannot any longer afford to call itself a hindu country and worship the king as a figuritive god.

a secular democratic governing body is needed, by secular i mean everybody needs to have a equal chance to do something if they have it in them. i see caste system, which though abolished by law, causing a major divide in the country. rooting it out should solve at least some problems of the country.

it is no news story that beurocrats are currupt, there are like that everywhere in the world. also in the best example of democracy, the united states of america, you find currupt leaders. i think aiming to root out curruption is as difficult as trying to eliminate poverty. we should make sure that we focus on other ailments that bother the country, not just curruption.
that was just a few things that i think are important. everything i write is up for criticism.
junge

6. realTouch Says:
December 9th, 2005 at 11:34 pm
Just an election is not democracy. Democracy is a right of people to select their representatives freely without any fear to rule them for a pre-fixed period and that elected legislative will be supreme to noone. Second, like you or not, political leaders are people’s leaders and they can not behaved by King as his baithake, susare, pujakothe or bhardars. They must be respected as people leaders. If royalist are so much confident of royal popularity, they can test their popularity in constituent assembly. No need to claim divine right or a right of Hindu king.

7. my love nepal Says:
December 10th, 2005 at 10:02 am
the 72 parties are all a simple game organised by a dictator fake democratic king of 21st century keenly trying to assure foreign nations of restoration of democracy in the country with no any sign of positive response.

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