In a rare instance in the history of Communist movement in Nepal, several communist outfits in the parliament have agreed to come together, at least, for the motions that are tabled at the parliament. There is a popular saying in the communist circle that one communist in Nepal thinks the other is not a real communist and vice versa. Communist parties keep on splitting on weird reasons that according to them are based on ‘genuine principles’. Anyway, news of the day is that the top leaders of the communist parties in parliament- CPN-UML, the CPN-Maoist, the People’s Front Nepal (PFN) and the CPN-Unified- have decided to vote for the motions. The vote is likely to take place after the special session of the interim parliament resumes on 11:00 am Friday, eKantipur reports. Communist leaders took the decision this evening after the talks with the Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala-led Nepali Congress (NC) could not make headway. They have issued a kind of an ultimatum to the NC to agree on one of the key demands- an immediate declaration of a republic or a fully proportional representation (PR) system for the Constituent Assembly (CA) elections.
“By the evening, there is a possibility that all the parties which accept republic and PR system will come and vote together,” Maoist Chairman Prachanda said emerging from the meeting. He hinted that the Maoist and the UML parties could withdraw their motions and come up with a joint motion. The Maoist supremo also informed that they wanted to conclude the debate on the motions today, but agreed to wait till tomorrow after the Nepali Congress, UML and other party leaders said that they should wait for a day.
“We would either reach an agreement by tomorrow or settle the motions through voting,” he said. UML standing committee member Amrit Kumar Bohara also echoed Prachanda’s voice. (read more about this here.)