By Puskar Magar
Currently in United Arab Emirate
The selection of Nepali Congress (NC) candidates for CA election has been completed. My nightmare turned out to be true. Most of the corrupt leaders such as Govinda Raj Joshi, Khum Bahadur Khadka etc. were awarded with the ticket. NC supporters like me are stunned by this decision.
This is a vivid example that NC leadership doest not recognize people’s voices. All sister organizations from Joshi’s and Wagle constituencies had written to NC leadership and requested not give ticket to these leaders. These corrupt leaders have not been to district for years if not months. Mr. Joshi tried to go to his district Tanahun twice but was turned away because of his misdeed. Khadka’s popularity has plummeted in Dang. Chiranjeeve has not been to his district Gorkha for at least two years. These leaders are not popular and there is rare chance for their victory in this election. Then, the question remains why these leaders were awarded tickets?
NC’s decision makers (primarily Sushil Koirala, Shed B. Deuba and Ram Chandra Poudel) have to explain us why these tainted leaders were chosen for the election. What are the rationales? Why other hardworking cadres from Gorkha, Tanahun and Dang were by passed? We also want to know why NC leadership has unfairly protected/projected these corrupt leaders? Let’s face it. These leaders are one of the main reasons for last 17 years’ failed democracy.
During Andolan II, these corrupt leaders did not join a single mass protest. Mr. Joshi wanted to attend a program at Gongabu, but he was turned away by NSU activists. NSU activist were worried about possible backfire from Joshi’s presence. There is no single record of these corrupt leaders participating in the Andolan II.
Since 1990, only contribution from these leaders I can see is that they always fought for powerful portfolio. I remember Khum Bahadur not taking oath for weeks, when he did not get the portfolio he wanted. It has been all about money. Their corruption cases are still pending and they were released from custody on technicality. Not because they were proven innocent.
My faith on NC leadership is dwindling. I have not found any reasons to be hopeful about current leadership and NC’s future. Give me one good reason, why should I campaign for Chiranjeev Wagle, whose entire family members became millionaire in his tenure? Why should I support the Head Master turned filthy rich Govinda Raj Joshi? Or why do I support Khum Bahadur who openly said “If I do not take the bribe, my secretary will take it.” And why do I vote for Bijaya Gachhedar?
NC has immensely failed in this candidate selection process. I thought that NC learnt lessons from 17 years failed democracy. Apparently that is not the case.
My eyes well up when I remember the hardworking NC workers and their dedication. At the same time, when I look at the current failed leadership, I can see another imminent revolution emerging within the party for internal democracy. I think we need this revolution, at least for sack of dreams of many martyrs. Let’s remember martyrs like Dahal brothers, Yagya Thapa, Bhim Narayan Shrestha, and many more in this difficult time. And let’s be prepared for another revolution, which will bring new leadership and true democracy within the party. So that we do not have to see Khadka, Wagle, Joshi, Gacchedar etc. again.