Is NC so weak that it can not find an alternative of Khum Bahadur Khadka, Govinda Joshi, and Chiranjivi Wagle?
By Puskar Magar
(The writer is a Nepali Congress party cadre)
It is sad to see Nepali Congress (NC), the party of Prime Minister, which led all the democratic movements in Nepal, is gradually moving in the hands of corrupt leaders. “True NC leaders” within NC are loosing their battle against corrupt leaders.
In long term politics, what matters the most is the party’s “image”. NC’s image has significantly deteriorated because of having corrupt-unpopular leaders in the decision making capacity.
The NC’s image created by BP is still helping the party. Due to the hard work of “first generation leaders” and their people oriented politics, NC is still considered as the most democratic party of Nepal. The “first generation leaders” never compromised the “image” of the party. The party which thrived in the hand of B.P Koirala, Ganesh Man Sing, Subarna Samsher Rana, Girija Prasad Koirala, Krishna Prasad Bhattarai, and Mahendra Narayan Nidhi., is gradually moving in the hand of Khum Bahadur Khadka, Govinda Raj Joshi, Chiranjeeve Wagle, Vijaya Gachhedar, etc. Slowly hardworking “true leaders” are either isolated or discarded.
It is puzzling to see some developments, which favors corrupt people, who are the reason for 12 year of failed democracy. Sadly, no “true leader” with in NC seems to be bothered by the developments. But, the people in the grass root are worried and outraged by it.
1) The recent Supreme Court verdict favored those, who were implicated by Rayamajhi commission and those corrupts, whose corruption cases are pending in Supreme Court. Supreme Court said that these people can run for CA election. Again, corrupts leader managed to get favorable decision from Supreme Court. Without the verdict, the corrupt leaders like Govinda Raj Joshi, Khum Bahadur Khadka et al could have been barred from contesting the election.
2) These corrupt leaders managed to rewrite the Nepali Congress rule in their favor. Previously, NC required sending only 3 candidates name to the central committee as potential candidates. Surprisingly this time, NC asked to send the names of all, who were interested.
If NC had not changed the rule, the district of Dang won’t have sent Khum Bahadur Khadka as a candidate. Similarly, Tanahun won’t have sent Govinda Raj Joshi; and Sunsari won’t have sent Vijay Gachhedar. The change benefited largely to the corrupt leaders.
3) Now, Maoist are trying to strike a deal with NC so that about 30 Maoist central leader will win election easily or uncontested. Sadly, the same corrupt leaders from NC are pushing this idea with in NC. If NC strikes such deal with Maoist, then the most of NC central leaders will win easily or uncontested. Such possible deal will help corrupt-vulnerable NC leaders like Khum Bahadur, Govinda Raj Joshi, Chiranjeeve Wagle, Vijaya Gachhedar etc greatly. These are just few examples.
The time has arrived for all of us to think carefully. Do we want these corrupt leaders in parliament for another 3 to 5 years? Is NC so weak that it can not find an alternative of Khum Bahadur Khadka, Govinda Joshi, and Chiranjivi Wagle?
If Khum Bahadur, Govinda Raj Joshi, Chiranjivi Wagle, and Vijay Gachhedar are the core leaders of NC, or if they are indispensable for NC, then I have nothing to say. If that is the case, I have to say that those who died for Nepali Congress and democracy lost their life for nothing. If that is the case, NC betrayed hundreds of Martyrs like my senior, who died in Bandipur, Tanahun in 2007 B.S.
Puskar’s previous UWB article: Dear Nepali Congress Leaders and Cadres….An Open Letter