Some of the most corrupt faces of the 90s, who also happen to the central members of Nepali Congress, are trying to save monarchy
[Update: President G P Koirala of Nepali Congress today clearly stated in a high level meeting of the party that the Mahasamiti (general committee) meeting that will begin from tomorrow will adopt the policy of democratic republic.]
Gobinda Raj Joshi, Khum Bahadur Khadka and Sujata Koirala! Who are they? What are they all known for? The unanimous answer is: These are some of the most corrupt faces that Nepal saw during the democratic rule in the 90s. They plundered the nation reminding us some of the most notorious scandals in the autocratic Panchayat era. Their crimes are equivalent to those perpetrated by a former Prince who smuggled out idols from Nepal and the royals who amassed millions from Nepal and sent in foreign banks. It’s a shame that these people are still around just like the former prince in question.
Now these very corrupt and rotten people are raising their heads in their last ditch effort to save another corrupt, rotten and entirely obsolete institution called monarchy in Nepal. It’s surprising that these people are in Nepali Congress, not in Rastriya Prajantra Party Nepal of Rajeshwor Devkota.
These people and their other partners in crime came together yesterday to create pressure on the party leadership not to go for parliament commitment proposal for republic as suggested by some of the parties in the Eight Party Alliance. According to the Kathmandu Post and Kantipur a dozen NC “leaders” met at the party’s central office yesterday to discuss the implication of the parliament’s proposal if it is passed under Maoists’ pressure. The leaders arrived at a conclusion that the commitment proposal will be abiding as an act and would be in violation of the constitution because of the clear provision of the constitution that fate of the monarchy would be decided by the first meeting of the Constituent assembly. “We also cannot trust the Maoists as they are trying to make us follow their path through all possible tactics,” a leader told the Post. General secretary KB Gurung, Bal Bahadur Rai, Gobinda Raj Joshi, Khum Bahadur Khadka, Gopal Pahadi, Dil Bahadur Gharti, Meena Pandey, Sujata Koirala, Shyam Lal Shrestha, Man Bahadur Bishwakarma, Binaya Dhoj Chand and Sunil Bhandari were present at the meeting.
These corrupt people who openly flayed the laws and regulations in the past to amass money are now citing the possible violation of interim constitution if the parliament passes a commitment proposal to go for republic. The constitution says that the first meeting of the CA will decide about the king. That doesn’t mean the parliament can’t declare Nepal republic now and the first meeting of CA endorse that. The point is that the elections must be held at any cost and the country should not go sati for monarchy at the cost of elections.