The Koirala cabinet shouldn’t take time to take pro-people decisions.
By Dinesh Wagle
There is a saying in Nepali, dhila hos tara chhoro hos, which I think translates somewhat like better late than never. It’s been more than a month that Nepalis won against autocracy in Nepal but we haven’t seen the real change yet. Not in action, at least, though we have been told, in papers, that we have gone for historic and revolutionary changes. Its been more than 10 days that Parliament declared itself a supreme body and took several apparently landmark decisions. But we have seen no implementation of those decisions except those cosmetic changes like the renaming of His Majesty’s Government to Nepal Government and Royal Nepal Army to Nepal Army. The government has become too slow to implement those parliamentary decisions. People are closely monitoring the situation and they are increasingly becoming frustrated by the loath cabinet.
The only significant thing that we have seen in the last week is the formulation of the Code of Conduct by the government and the Maoists. But the quarrel between the two sides hasn’t stopped yet. Maoists mysteriously want the dissolution of the parliament and the government (plus the Seven Party Alliance) wants the House of Representatives to continue functioning. SPA is right on this issue. The problem with Maoist is that they feel neglected from the decision making process. It’s crystal clear that the HoR has taken over so many popular issues that were traditionally considered as the Maoist’s issues. Maoists fear that they aren’t getting due credit of whatever the HoR has done so far. That is why rebels are talking about the all party conference which they say will decide on the burning issues of the country. But they are mum over the vacuum created by the dissolution of the parliament. It is useless to talk about the dissolution of the house after both sides have agreed upon the election of Constituent Assembly. Maoists should stop doing politics over this issue and concentrate their efforts in successful completion of the CA election.
Even at this age, Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala seems to be worried about his political future. That is why, it seems, he is unwilling to take revolutionary decisions in favor of the people of Nepal. The fact that Nepal Army’s chief Pyar Jung Thapa giving lectures about the army cooperating with the government by following the latter’s directives is the greatest satire to the achievements of last month’s historic People’s Movement II. Thapa should have been fired a fortnight ago. No, he hasn’t. Instead, he is talking about the commitment of army to the government.
Why doesn’t the Tax Office raid the Narayanhitti Royal Palace and do the math of the money that king Gyanendra owes this nation? Who is stopping the cabinet from issuing orders to arrest all those who were involved in suppressing the movement?
Things are moving very very slow and this is increasing the level of frustration in people.As of now, people are saying ‘dhila hos, chhoro hos’. But if Koirala cabinet takes more time, they will definitely come to the street again.