Maoists Ahead, Blow for NC and UML
By Dinesh Wagle
Wagle’s Web Log
Early indications coming out from the vote counting stations from around the country (26 districts where votes are being counted) suggest that Maoists are doing very well in the elections of the Constituent Assembly. At the time of this writing (11 PM), they are leading in more than 30 places across the country. This suggests that people have voted for change. They want something new. They are sick and tired of old faces and old habits of Nepali politics. Results are still premature to reach any conclusion but CPN UML, it seems, will emerge as the biggest loser, closely followed by Nepali Congress. Why?
The UML were overconfident. They were arrogant and that arrogance has been shattered like the fall of the house of cards. They were so confident that they were unwilling to leave a single seat for the Maoists in Kathmandu valley claiming that they would win all 15 seats from the valley. They lost in Kathmandu-1 that went to NC’s Prakash Man Singh this morning. One of the toughest opponents of UML-Maoist alliance which didn’t take place, Pradeep Nepal, lost to Singh. UML general secretary is trailing behind a Maoist candidate in Kathmandu-2 (where I voted). This trend stretches up to Jhapa where KP Oli, another staunch opponent Maoist, is behind a Maoist candidate.
I am super happy to see that NC acting President Sushil Koirala, a leader who never stopped doing kothe or dark room politics, is in the position to loose his deposit, not just candidacy, in Nepalgunj. Sujata Koirala, one of the most corrupt persons in Nepali politics who also happens to be the daughter of PM Girija Prasad Koirala, is lagging behind a Madhesi Peoples’ Rights Forum candidate. Another corrupt NC candidate Khum Bahadur Khadka is trailing behind a Maoist candidate in Dang. These corrupts must be defeated
Why the bad show for NC and UML?
They ignored the aspiration of Nepali people that is for change. They ignored youth. Majority of candidates filed by these parties are oldies who have been tried and failed in the tests.
These parties also couldn’t deliver as per the expectations of Nepali people when they got chance to so. Maoists are not tested and people want to see them perform.NC and UML also failed to gauge the silent change that was going on in the Nepali society.
I have been talking to quite a few youth who voted in yesterday’s polls. They were not much interested in politics but voted to Maoists either in the proportional or the direct (FPTP) election. These youth who were born and raised in Kathmandu and are relatively well off (compared to millions of rural youths of their age) said that they really wanted to give a chance to the Maoists as they were tired to regular politicians. The blatant ignorance of youth voice by NC and UML played crucial role to make young generation angry towards these parties.