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Gyanendra, Challenging the Peoples' Verdict, Visits Kumari Ghar

Prime Minister and acting head of state Girija Prasad Koirala quizzes the palace officials as to why Gyanendra, the suspended king, went to observe Kumari, the living Goddess, without government permission.

As the country is increasingly unsure about the fate of elections that are scheduled for 22 November because of the Maoist behavior, suspended king and former autocrat Gyanendra yesterday evening went to observe Kumari, the living Goddess, like a thief, without government permission. With the mandate of the April Revolution of 2006, the government has been curtailing the political and cultural rights and role of the king. The prime minister, in capacity as the acting head of state, has been performing the duties of the head of the state.

[Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala has ordered chief of the Nepali Army (NA) Rookmangud Katawal to pull out half of the NA personnel at Narayanhiti royal palace. detail here]

Following PM Koirala’s return after receiving blessings from Kumari in the capacity of head of state yesterday, the last day of Indra Jatra festival, King Gyanendra walked into the crowd at Basantapur and received tika from Shree Kumari, Shree Ganesh and Shree Bhairav. Gyanendra had reached Kumari Ghar at around 9:30 last night. Continue reading Gyanendra, Challenging the Peoples' Verdict, Visits Kumari Ghar

Corrupt Faces of Nepal Come Together To Save Monarchy

Some of the most corrupt faces of the 90s, who also happen to the central members of Nepali Congress, are trying to save monarchy

[Update: President G P Koirala of Nepali Congress today clearly stated in a high level meeting of the party that the Mahasamiti (general committee) meeting that will begin from tomorrow will adopt the policy of democratic republic.]

Gobinda Raj Joshi, Khum Bahadur Khadka and Sujata Koirala! Who are they? What are they all known for? The unanimous answer is: These are some of the most corrupt faces that Nepal saw during the democratic rule in the 90s. They plundered the nation reminding us some of the most notorious scandals in the autocratic Panchayat era. Their crimes are equivalent to those perpetrated by a former Prince who smuggled out idols from Nepal and the royals who amassed millions from Nepal and sent in foreign banks. It’s a shame that these people are still around just like the former prince in question.

Now these very corrupt and rotten people are raising their heads in their last ditch effort to save another corrupt, rotten and entirely obsolete institution called monarchy in Nepal. It’s surprising that these people are in Nepali Congress, not in Rastriya Prajantra Party Nepal of Rajeshwor Devkota. Continue reading Corrupt Faces of Nepal Come Together To Save Monarchy

PLA Integration Will Turn Maoist a Regular Party

As we are heading towards republic before CA polls, the integration of PLA should be expedited to turn the Maoist into a ‘regular’ political party.

All developments are indicating that we are heading towards the declaration of republic before Constitution Assembly elections slated for November 22. In a meeting of top leaders of eight political parties yesterday, Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala who is also the president of Nepali Congress party is said to have told the Maoist Chairman Prachanda to wait until September 24. Nepali Congress has called for the Mahasamiti meeting on 23 that is expected to formally adopt the republic policy. [PM Koirala] said he will be able to take crucial political decision after the Mahasamiti meeting,” said Maoist leader Dev Gurung who took part in the meeting, according to the Kathmandu Post. Gurung also said that Maoist will wait for the NC Mahasamiti meeting. Nepali Congress Democratic has also called for their Mahasamiti meeting on September 25-26 to opt the republic policy. With those two decisions, all parties in the EPA will have republic agenda which will create favorable environment for the alliance to declare Nepal a republic in the parliament. Continue reading PLA Integration Will Turn Maoist a Regular Party

A Day After: Maoist No Confidence Against Prime Minister?

A day after the Maoist’s withdrawal from the government, there was no improvement in solving the crisis

It was not surprising that the Maoist central secretariat meeting held today in the residence of chairman Prachanda approved the party’s decision to quit the government. But some reports say the meeting also talked about tabling a no confidence motion in the parliament against Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala. Before that, they will have to ask for the special session of the parliament. Krishna Bahadur Mahara, who was appointed the spokesman by the same meeting, said that they are demanding the special session to voice their concerns there. The same Maoist meeting also decided to strengthen the Eight Party Alliance. Maoists are full of contradictions these days.

Meanwhile, the Eight Party Alliance meeting held in Prime Minister’s official residence today couldn’t produce a joint statement. Nepali Congress and CPN UML requested the Maoists to reconsider their decision to quit the government. This request was not only futile but useless give the fact that politics is not the game of emotion. But the impacts of the bad politics are always on the personal level. Hopes are shattered, people become frustrated.

Many people are speculating about the coming days. Many believe the future of CA is under cloud. Some say the Maoists will eventually join the electoral process and use the polls as the continuation of their movement so that they could garner more support and votes from people. Some say the parliament will declare republic which will bring the Maoist into the electoral process. The worst case scenario would be Maoists abandoning the peace process altogether, something that Maoists reject outright. If they indeed leave the cantonments, this government will have to use force (Nepali Army) against them. And the happiest man would be Gyanendra Shah, the suspended king. That would signal the beginning of the end of democratic achievements that the country has seen so far.

The Kapilbastu Incident

By the Maoist or those who want to defame the former rebels and/or create communal tension in the area?

It all seems like a purely criminal incident: Two unidentified persons came on a motorcycle in Birpur village at around 8:30 am and shot dead Mohit Khan, former chairman of the district vigilante group set up against the Maoists during the armed conflict. The situation became tense as supporters of Khan started protesting and that turned violent prompting authorities to clamp curfew in Kapilvastu from 1:30 pm. But here is the political angle:

The Maoists had organized a weeklong strike (bandh) in the district three months back demanding relocation of a security base camp set up at Khan’s brother’s house. And some pro-Khan demonstrators reportedly claimed that the two involved in Khan’s killing were Maoist cadres. Continue reading The Kapilbastu Incident

Political Polarization in Nepal: Final War against Monarchy

Election Is The Battleground. Pro-republic forces are making their stands clear while pro-monarchy forces are also in the process of consolidating their strength.

By Dinesh Wagle

As Nepal is heading towards key nationwide polls to elect an assembly that will, on its first meeting, decide the fate of monarchy, formulate new constitution, and decide on new governing structure of the country, an all out war and polarization has started against progressive democratic republic forces and those who want to stick with the past by joining their neck with monarchy. I agree with the moderate Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist and Leninist-CPN UML) General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal to conclude that remarks made by former Prime Minister and founding member of Nepali Congress party yesterday (and today) that NC should stick to constitutional monarchy or monarchy should favor democracy are utterly irrelevant in today’s scenario. Remarks of Bhattarai come days after NC, the party of Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala who is leading a multi-party cabinet, decided to go with the agenda of republic in the polls in November. Bhattarai cites the policy of national reconciliation introduced some decade ago by godfather of NC and first elected prime minister of Nepal late BP Koirala. BP Koirala, whose birth anniversary was marked by Congress workers today, had returned from exile to Nepal in 1976 saying that it was time for NC to join hands to the king to for the national interest. Time has gone through a sea change and Bhattarai is the perfect example of those who haven’t updated themselves with the happenings of the past several years. To say that Nepali Congress should stick to the working-together-with-king policy now is same as saying that I want to I want to ride Bikram Tempo in Kathmandu (which are no more in the city) or want to travel in Tokyo trains run by steam engine. Monarchy is a snake and to talk about constitutional monarchy in today’s scenario is to provide milk to the snake. Continue reading Political Polarization in Nepal: Final War against Monarchy

Supreme Court Chief Justice and Parliamentary Hearing

This is the first time Parliament is hearing for Chief Justice’s post and this hearing must set example for future hearings.

Facts and the Latest: The justices and employees of the Supreme Court bid farewell to Chief Justice Dilip Kumar Poudel the day before yesterday (Friday 7, September) while members of a panel formed by the parliamentary Special Hearing Committee to probe more than a dozen complaints filed against Giri are still divided over Chief Justice-designate Kedar Prasad Giri. The Committee today decided to summon Giri for further hearing on his case at 11 am on Tuesday (11 Sept) after it could not take a decision on the complaints filed against him, according to lawmaker Bharat Mohan Adhikari. The probe panel whose meet ended inconclusively today morning nevertheless tabled a report on its investigation into 15 out of 16 complaints filed against Giri to the hearing committee.

On August 30, a meeting of the constitutional council chaired by the Prime Minister had recommended Supreme Court Justice Giri to succeed Poudel. The nine-member parliamentary probe committee members are unlikely to reach consensus over Giri’s appointment because the leftist in the committee think Giri seriously failed to maintain maintain professional ethics in his long judicial career while Congress MPs think since the hearing tradition is just beginning in Nepali parliamentary system, the committee shouldn’t be tough on nominee. There are four other Supreme Court Justices eligible for the post of the Chief Justice (in seniority order): Min Bahadur Rayamajhi, Anup Raj Sharma, Ram Prasad Shrestha and Khil Raj Regmi. Continue reading Supreme Court Chief Justice and Parliamentary Hearing

Terror Strikes Kathmandu: Bombs Explode in Five Places

“Two died: Police”

Two innocent people are confirmed dead in a series of bomb explosions in three busy public areas of Kathmandu city. More than 25 people have been injured, 10 of them serious. Bombs exploded simultaneously in three separate places- Tripureshwor, Kalimati and Balaju- at around 4:30 PM this afternoon. According to Avenues TV, a previously little heard terror outfit Terai Tiger has taken responsibility of the blasts. A reporter of the TV station said from Rhautahat that the organization called him to take responsibility of the blasts. Sagarmatha TV is also reporting that two other bombs have blasted in Sundhara and Kirtipur. Bombs exploded in a public vehicle in Balaju. All passengers, except the driver and his assistant, were injured in the powerful blast that destroyed the vehicle. Another bomb went off in Tripureshwor’s World Trade Center where most of the injured were students from nearby school. These strikes come at a time when the nation is gearing up for the Constituent Assembly elections that is scheduled to be held in less than 80 days.

Recent: Nepali Congress leader Arjun Narsingh KC, after visiting the hospital where injured are being treated, said: This is a terrorist activity and a conspiracy to derail the election of Constituent Assembly and against the democratic achievements that the country has seen so far.

Again A Freaking Nepal Banda By Janajatis

A freaking Nepal Banda (general strike) yet again today. Last one (Kathmandu Valley Banda) was four days ago. This one is called by (again) Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NFIN). [Their previous Banda was in February.] The group (of Janajati) is currently engaged in freaking talks with the government on various issues including the voting method in the Constituent Assembly elections but at the same time continuing street protests. Today’s protest, they say, is to mark the black day (18 Jestha or 1 June). Nine years ago the Supreme Court has ruled to ban the use of local mother tongues as formal language in local development bodies like Kathmandu metropolitan city and Rajbiraj municipality. Pasang Sherpa, president of NFIN, said they had announced bandh to observe the Black Day and to press for ethnicity-based proportional representation system in Constituent Assembly and to demand annulment of provisions in interim constitution that violate rights and interests of ethnic communities.

nepal banda 1 june

A mob didn’t let go a van with green license plate (tourist carrier) in Koteshwor this morning. There was no tourist in the vehicle and it was apparently heading for its office- a travel agency- to ferry foreigners to and from airport in the afternoon.

nepal banda 1 june

This man’s reason for not letting the vehcile go towards its destination: “Yo dollar kamaune gadi ho, jana nadeu.” [This is a vehicle that earns dollars. Don’t let it go.]

nepal banda 1 june

Though the crowd didn’t let go the vehicle, this kid was quick enough to let go the air from the tire. “Don’t do that,” someone screamed. And the kid stopped. But the damage was already done.

Angry mobs are disrupting traffic throughout the city. Because this is a transitional phase (from autocracy to full fledged participatory democracy) every-freaking-one in Nepal these days is agitating for his/her rights or for no specific reason. And the most used form of protest has become the Banda. Just go on the street, stop the vehicles and your agitation has taken the height. We have written so many times about this freaking tradition of ours in this web site but who the freaking really cares about?

Every-freaking-one agrees that calling a Nepal Banda is too bad for everything but when he or she is agitating, the same will be the inevitable form of protest. Do you think these freaking Nepal Bandas will have any sort of impact on this freaking government of ours? Can’t say that immediately but it’s definitely the case that the ultimate sufferers of Bandas are the general public. They can’t run their business, they can’t open up their factories, they can’t go to office easily, and they can’t send their kids to school. Freaking CAN’T. We can’t hold the election of Constituent Assembly on time. We can’t the revise the price of petroleum products, and because of that, we can’t pay the due on time to Indians and, because of that, we suffer from the freaking fuel shortage. We can’t remove the freaking king from the Narayanhitti palace and put our prime minister over there and, because of that, we are on constant fear of another strike from monarchy. We can’t tame the Maoist monster called Young Communist League that’s creating havoc in Nepali society. We freaking can’t. When will the time come when we can say we CAN?

First Day of the Year 2064. But Jumla Shines!

The uncertainty over the CA elections and reactions to that decision of the Election Commission dominated the first day of the year in Nepal. Reaction from political parties are coming one after another regarding the Election Commissions expression of inability to hold election on stipulated time (June 20). Sher Bahadur ‘Royalist’ Deuba is one of the first to welcome it publicly though many others must have done so privately. Maoists are suspicious about the whole affair and but it has been understood that they knew it was coming. They see that the Eight Party Alliance is now useless. They want it to be formed again with republicanism as central theme. Anyway, Maoists are not shocked at the statement of EC. It seems CPN Maoist and CPN UML are competing with each other to blame Nepali Congress for pushing the election towards uncertainty. In terms of being harsh to NC, UML has won the game. Meanwhile Prime Minister and NC boss GP Koirala is like, well folks I am responsible yes but you folks also can’t escape. He is right; all of these folks can’t escape.

By the way, Gyanendra Shah, who issued a New Year statement today fulfilling his desire to issue such statement every now and then, has shown his phony appreciation of the peace process. I think its better not to give attention to his man.

Jumla Linked: But the best news comes from Jumla, one of the remotest districts in Nepal, where vehicle has reached. With the vehicle, hope of bright future has also touched in Jumla. People welcomed the car by garlanding the owner and worshipping the machine. They also sacrificed an animal on the occasion. People are happy that with the arrival of road, they don’t have to suffer from the scarcity of food in the region. Their Apple will get access to market and they will also be free from taking the expensive flights.