The problem with this party is there is no democracy inside the organization. Girija Prasad Koirala is the Gyanendra of the party.
By Dinesh Wagle
Wagle Street Journal [In the photo: Nepali Congress campaign advertisement]
Nepali Congress candidate Dr. Shekhar Koirala who was defeated by Madhesi Janadhikar Forum’s Bijay Kumar Gachhedhar told this to Radio Nepal after the results of Morang-7 were announced: “I don’t know about [the exact reasons for the bad showing of Nepali Congress] in other places but here votes were cast on the ethnic lines. In such case there remains no base to reform in future by the parties.”
I think Dr. Koirala is right. In the ethnicity and caste base politics, ideology loses. That signals another kind of polarization which will ultimately harm the nation. So Dr. Koirala is right. Gachhedar, though former corruption-coordinator of NC, is a Tharu and, Dr. Koirala hinted that Tharus voted for him on the ethnic line.
Wait a second. There is something more. Nepotism and favoritism based politics is just as bad as ethnicity and caste based politics. Dr. Koirala himself is an example of nepotism and favoritism based politics in Nepal. Why did he get NC ticket for the election at the first place? Wasn’t that because of his last name? Just because someone is a son of someone doesn’t mean he is automatically qualified to get party ticket.
While I have mixed feelings about Dr. Koirala’s defeat, I am super duper happy to see Sujata Koirala defeated in the election. Sujata Koirala is the root cause of all problems. What was the qualification of Sujata for the NC ticket? That she plundered former Royal Nepal Airlines and played active role in many corruption cases?
Nepali Congress needs to think with cool mind why it lost so miserably in this election. The problem with this party is there is no democracy inside the organization. Girija Prasad Koirala is the Gyanendra of the party. No one knows how long he is supposed to cling to the presidency. The free and fair elections within the party and performance based evaluations are alien theories for the party. Everything is done in ad hoc basis. This needs to be changed.
If it wants to resurrect to power again it must completely reform change the way it functions, overhaul the organizational structure and do away with the old leadership. This central committee must resign. The defeated leaders and those with bad image in the public and those who don’t have solid base among the mass shouldn’t not be included in the new one.