Now It's Congress That Is Bargaining

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)

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2 thoughts on “Now It's Congress That Is Bargaining”

  1. Good Things that we can Applaud:

    1. Capitalistic Maoist: We should welcome their announcement for Private-Public Investment for development, Foreign Direct Investment(FDI) and support for Globalization. The decision for State being only the facilitator is encouraging.

    2. Changing Bureaucracy: Removing Feudal, Corrupt and Lethargic Bureaucracy in Nepal is laudable. The total revamp in this sector will give people new hope. The cooperation and coordination between different ministries is a good way to progress.

    3. Empowering People: this election many Women, Dalits, and Minorities won, this is a very positive sign that we Nepalese are moving ahead in positive direction, crushing Feudalism and caste barrier.

    4. New Nepal: Definition might differ but we must agree we all need PEACE and PROSPEROUS NEPAL. Economically and politically strong Nepal.

    Things to watch out for:
    1. YCL: Maoist should control the intimidation and atrocities through their youth wing(YCL).

    2. Tyranny: even though they have agreed on Democratic power, there shouldn’t be dictatorship and tyranny. Stick to what you have Promised to the People, the ‘Democratic Nepal”

    3. Agreeing to Disagree: The opposition (NC/UML/MJF) if possible should join the government and coordinate in building prosperous Nepal. They shouldn’t play dirty politics and jeopardize Nepal’s future by looking at their own self interest. We should realize that if we cannot address the nation’s interest at large we’ll be a failed nation and even worst lead towards disintegration.

    Being Compulsively Optimistic: I feel all the major political parties have learned their lessons. Now they should stop acting on their OWN SELF INTEREST and SHOULD FOCUS ON BUILDING NATION FOR BETTER.

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