We Have a Government That Behaves Like the Opposition

The question in political landscape at present is what happens when ruling parties adhere to ‘hate speech’? Are our ruling parties indulging in ‘black propaganda’? Or they lost their conscience to be a responsible government? Many have started to realize that this government does not represent sentiment of people. This is not the government of Nepali national character. Rather, this is the government of Maoists and some Madhesis who, rather than representing the people, are solely focused on making money, amassing resources from the national coffer.

By Siromani Dhungana
UWB

In a bizarre demonstration of a weird political culture, leaders from the ruling parties have been behaving and speaking like the opposition parties.

In a joint gathering of the Federal Democratic Republican Alliance (FDRA), leaders from ruling UCPN (Maoist) and its political allies Madhesh-based parties blamed opposition Nepali Congress and CPN-UML for being stumbling block to the peace process. They, however, did not reveal what the government has been doing in a concrete manner to forge consensus.

As polarization among political parties increases sharply, UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Wednesday warned that the Nepali Congress (NC) will be “annihilated” if it fails to keep up with the “aspirations of the people,” reports The Kathmandu Post.

According to media reports, leaders of political parties warned opposition parties to finish or to be finished. Media coverage regarding FDRA’s mass gathering does not suggest that ruling parties are in a mood to forge consensus.

It is shameful that political parties who have been ruling the country for 18 months are trying feign ignorance about the current political deadlock. Is this game of hurling blames by the ruling parties justifiable? Are they the ‘clean flocks’ as they claim to be?

In democracy, ruling parties should show their democratic commitment and magnanimity to take opposition into confidence. But recent statements from leaders of ruling parties show that they want to play the role of opposition as well. Principally, ruling parties should take all opinions into consideration to make their decision a truly national decision. The government should have capacity to listen peoples’ discontent and dissatisfaction. The government should also listen to voices of opposition parties raised peacefully.

However, all these expectations have been a far cry for Nepali citizens.

Published by Siromani Dhungana

I am a Kathmandu-based economic journalist (currently with The Himalayan Times), researcher and lecturer of Journalism and Mass Communication at Tribhuvan University. I have also been appointed by the Ministry of Education’s Curriculum Development Center to revise the journalism syllabus for grade nine and ten as well as to rewrite journalism textbooks for the secondary level.