Today’s attack to Nepali Congress candidate Ram Sharan Mahat (more at the end of the post), first incident of Maoist highhandedness after their victory in the CA, is deplorable
As the Maoist is readying itself to assume the leadership of the government that is to be formed by the Constituent Assembly, Nepali society and the world are keenly watching the behavior of the former rebel party and its cadres. The spectacular endorsement of the Maoist party in the CA polls by the people has several messages. Some of them are listed below:
1. Okay, now that you have fought a decade-long war ‘for the people’ in which we suffered a lot, brought the issue of Constituent Assembly into limelight again after 50 years, and come to the peace process providing a great degree of relief to us, we want to give you a chance to you so that you could turn your promises into deeds.
2. Hey, even after signing the Comprehensive Peace Agreement you are involved into widespread intimidation and heavy-handedness through your Young Communist League (YCL). We want to give you whole of the state machinery which is far more powerful and bigger than your YCL so that you play by the rules that have been already made for this country because the sate machinery must be operated as per the law of the land.
3. You know what; we the people of Nepal are really tired of your extortion. We are tired of giving significant percentage of our hard-earned money to feed your arrogant cadres. Instead, why don’t you take control of the state exchequer itself so that we could be saved of the extortion and forced donations? Be warned, though, that any misuse of the sate fund would be considered corruption- same act done by the likes Khum Bahadur and Govinda Raj whom we will not let win. You don’t want to be voted out in the next election like them, do you?
Now that people have given their verdict, they will be closely watching the Maoist’s behavior. Even a possible thief will be in an awkward position should he be given the key to the cupboard. There will be more pressure to the Maoists now then when they were in opposition or minority stakeholders in the government. Prachanda was busy today meeting with many diplomats and assuring them that the government under his leadership will be behaving democratically and constitutionally. Again words are not enough. They have to be displayed into deeds.
If Prachanda and his party Maoist continue their highhandedness through YCL like they did to Ram Sharan Mahat in Nuwakot today, they will be punished. The attack over the Nepali Congress candidate who won the election is deplorable. Pre-election violence and today’s attacks can’t be put into same category. Today’s incident is much more serious and shouldn’t be tolerated by the state machinery.
The Background: Mahat attacked in Nuwakot allegedly by Maoists
Nepali Congress leader and Finance Minister Dr Ram Sharan Mahat was attacked in Nuwakot today only a day after he was elected for the Constituent Assembly from Nuwakot district constituency-2. Maoist cadres allegedly assaulted the NC leader, who has sustained injuries in his head in the attack.