Nepali Congress should follow the suit on the first day of the CA and play the constructive role of an opposition thereafter
Seven ministers of the Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist), whose hope to become the largest party, if not with majority, in the CA was shattered last week resigned from the interim government saying that the peoples’ verdict wasn’t telling them to stay in the cabinet. Hmm… that’s okay. We should appreciate UML’s instantaneous decision to quit the government and start the process of reviewing what went wrong.
Nepali Congress, the Prime Minister’s party, should also follow the suite because it also shared UML’s fate in the elections. The largest party in the interim parliament is now struggling to secure a distant second place. There are some technical difficulties for the Prime Minister to resign before the CA convenes. NC should continue running the government and resign on the very day when CA convenes. Rightist force like Madhesi Peoples’ Rights Forum (MPRF)’s coordinator has demanded immediate resignation of the PM on the moral ground. That’s a joke. PM can’t resign now, at this point in time, and create a power vacuum. The responsible decision will be to carry on until the first meeting of the CA and formally handover the power to the Maoist in the CA itself.
What about these two parties’ participation in the next government? If they are to go by their previous commitments and, in the UML’s case, party manifesto, they should join the government. But it will be really difficult for both of these parties to join because of the terrible defeat they faced in the elections. If they don’t participate in the government, one can ask, what will happen to the coalition politics and culture of functioning on understanding? CA could be that forum to continue with the politics of understanding and coalition. UML and NC should play constructive role outside the cabinet while they must come together and work with the Maoist in the CA to draft the new constitution. As the vibrant opposition force, they should check and balance the Maoist-led government. The people gave Maoist a chance to rule and we should see how they rule and turn their promises into actions.
In their joint resignation letter, the UML ministers stated that their party decided to pull out of the government honouring the people’s verdict expressed through the CA polls.
Foreign minister Sahana Pradhan, education minister Pradeep Nepal, tourism minister Prithvi Subba Gurung, general administration minister Ram Chandra Yadav, agriculture and cooperatives minister Chhabilal Biswokarma and state ministers Mohan Singh Rathour and Nagendra Prasad Chaudhary had represented the UML in the Koirala-led government.
Foreign minister Pradhan, who led the UML team in the government, met PM Koirala in Baluwatar and presented the resignation letter to Prime Minister Koirala.