It’s not the time to quarrel, SPA leaders should know, but to take bold action to establish democracy in the country. Pradeep Nepal and Arjun Nar Singh KC aren’t talking about principle, they are running after power.
Pradeep Nepal resigned from the Standing Committee of CPN UML saying that his party didn’t get respectable position in the cabinet. Arjun Nar Singh KC didn’t accept the post of spokesperson of Nepali Congress saying that the party didn’t discuss about the formation of cabinet with its members. Both Nepal and KC are top leaders of two biggest parties in the alliance and if you go by what they have said you tend to believe that they are indeed raising the issues of principle and justice. NO. These two folks represent the power-hungry and always quarreling groups in the Nepali political scene who always create problem out of nothing which, as we have seen in the past decade, defames democracy as a whole.
It is not unusual for any party to try to take control of attractive and powerful ministries. But the way Pradeep Nepal has raised the issue will only defame the political leadership and do harm to the coalition. In the name of principle, leaders like Pradeep Nepal and Arjun Nar Singh KC are encouraging the dirty game in the Seven Party Alliance (SPA). They seem to have forgotten that this is not a government that will be in power forever. It has certain objectives and responsibilities and it will work directly under the guidance of SPA. Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala has already clarified so in his first address to the parliament. If he ignores the agendas of SPA he is certain to fail. All parties of the alliance are free to introduce their agendas in the government via the meetings of SPA. If Pradeep Nepal thinks that Nepal Congress will save the oppressors of Jana Andolan by controlling Home Ministry, he should be able to raise his voice in the meeting of SPA. There is no need of staging the drama of resignation which many feel is done to increase the bargaining capacity of UML in further expansion of the cabinet.
What can I say about KC? Narahari Acharay, leader of Nepali Congress, says it all in today’s Himalayan Times: “[C]ertain party leaders have the tendency to hold informal meetings when they feel their interests are being undermined by some one else.” Acharya further says, “[W]hile they were waiting for announcement in their favour, they could have decided to call a formal meeting once they saw their interests have been quashed.”
What a brilliant observation.
Now is the time to act. Not the time to quarrel. People want to see the government take bold decisions. They want to see real actions from the government.– Wagle