It seems that the tables have been turned. The customers have become managers and managers have become customers who are willing to bargain. We are talking about relationship of Nepali Congress and the CPN Maoist which has seen changes because of the April 10 election results. Before, when Congress was the largest party in the parliament and Maoists were considered the opposition force, Maoists would put forward countless news clauses and proposals demanding that they be fulfilled by the State. Now, as Maoist is set to lead the next government and trying to continue with the alliance with Congress and other parties, its Congresses turn to put forward the clauses and proposals.
Nepali Congress today made it clear that it was possible to forge an alliance with the Maoists only if the former rebels implement all past pacts and commitments, reports Kantipur. During a meeting between the NC and Maoist leaders at the Prime Minister’s official residence at Baluwatar this morning, the NC leaders advised the Maoist leadership to rehabilitate the persons displaced during the conflict and put an end to the culture of intimidation and implement the pledges made in the past.
As part of their own agenda, the Maoists asked the NC to work for a federal democratic republic setup in the country as part of the future government. Prime Minister and NC President Girija Prasad Koirala, Vice-President Ram Chandra Poudel, Maoist Chairman Prachanda and leader Dr Babu Ram Bhattarai, among others, were present in the meeting. Floating various proposals, the Maoists said they would work together with NC in the future government and stated that they were ready to develop a ‘competitive democracy’. (more about this here)