Cab­i­net made in In­dia

Small cab­i­net in the be­gin­ning

People's Review - - FRONT PAGE - By Our Po­lit­i­cal An­a­lyst

Newly elected Prime Minister Push­paka­mal Da­hal has planned to in­tro­duce a small cab­i­net in the be­gin­ning as both NC and MC have not been able to take de­ci­sion on to whom to re­ward with the min­is­te­rial port­fo­lio as there are many can­di­dates in the race in both the par­ties. The par­lia­ment on Wed­nes­day elected Da­hal as the new PM. First cab­i­net meet­ing: The first cab­i­net meet­ing chaired by Da­hal is likely to scrap the de­ci­sion of am­bas­sado­rial can­di­dates nom­i­nated by the Oliled gov­ern­ment. From such an act, ap­point­ment of am­bas­sadors in around 25 coun­tries, in­clud­ing neigh­bour­ing coun­tries In­dia and China will be fur­ther de­layed. In­dian re­flec­tion: In the key min­istries, New Delhi has shown its in­ter­est to as­sign New Delhi con­fi­dants. There­fore, it is be­lieved that in the Home, For­eign, Fi­nance etc. min­istries, New Delhi's con­fi­dants will be re­warded. When the po­lit­i­cal lead­ers in the NC and MC saw such a sce­nario, they have started to roam around the In­dian power cen­ters in Kath­mandu to get the In­dian bless­ing to be­come the minister. On the whole, there is strong be­lief among the Nepali in­tel­lec­tu­als that the present coali­tion gov­ern­ment is formed just to top­ple KP Sharma Oli led gov­ern­ment which had taken strong stance on is­sues re­lated to the na­tional in­ter­ests and didn't wish to bow down in front of the In­di­ans. In­di­ans be­lieved that Oli had played the role to intensify anti-In­dian sen­ti­ment among the Nepali peo­ple. This is the main rea­son that Oli was not ac­cept­able for New Delhi. Af­ter fil­ing of no­con­fi­dence mo­tion by NC and MC in the Par­lia­ment, the In­dian me­dia had pro­jected Da­hal as good friend of In­dia and it was the vic­tory of In­dia. No en­thu­si­asm: Gen­eral public lacks en­thu­si­asm with the present coali­tion gov­ern­ment as they have un­der­stood that this is just a game to en­joy power. It is an open se­cret that Da­hal is to lead the gov­ern­ment just for nine months and NC pres­i­dent Sher Ba­hadur Deuba is to lead the next nine months. There­fore, the present al­liance is just to loot the gov­ern­ment cof­fer, rather than giv­ing po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity to the na­tion. There is the strong feel­ing among the peo­ple that this is just an In­di­a­pup­pet gov­ern­ment and it will serve the In­dian in­ter­ests only. From such power game, gen­eral public have be­come fade-up. Sidelin­ing UML: New Delhi had wished to pun­ish Oli by sidelin­ing UML from the gov­ern­ment. This plan has be­come suc­cess­ful but is it pos­si­ble to com­plete the con­sti­tu­tion im­ple­men­ta­tion process with­out sup­port from the UML, it is a burn­ing ques­tion. Par­tic­u­larly Oli is not eg­ger to sup­port PM Da­hal, who has be­trayed him. Oli plans to con­vince NC to de­velop a new coali­tion be­tween the NC and UML. Oli is fre­quently in con­tact with NC leader Ram­chan­dra Poudel.

Oli has even given words to NC that with the sup­port of UML, NC alone can run a mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ment. On the above back­ground, even if New Delhi has be­come suc­cess­ful in top­pling Oli, nev­er­the­less, Nepal is not go­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity, which is also the In­dian de­sign. By cre­at­ing po­lit­i­cal in­sta­bil­ity, New Delhi plans to en­hance its mi­cro-man­age­ment strength in Nepal. De­jected Da­hal: Since the day of the fil­ing of the no-con­fi­dence mo­tion, Da­hal does not seem to be happy. Even in public func­tions, he is un­able to hide his de­jected ap­pear­ance. When out­go­ing PM Oli was fac­ing the House, his ap­pear­ance and per­for­mance didn't exhibit any sad­ness on fail­ure of his gov­ern­ment, on the other hand, Da­hal, who was sit­ting on the front row of the Par­lia­ment, was un­able to demon­strate any en­thu­si­asm or joy over his vic­tory. In fact, Da­hal is very badly ex­posed by the In­dian me­dia that af­ter Da­hal's in­nings In­dia will have ex­cel­lent re­la­tions with Nepal. This is a big bur­den for PM Da­hal. How will Da­hal bal­ance the re­la­tions with the two neigh­bours -- In­dia and China -- it has to be seen in the days to come. At a meet­ing with the Chinese Am­bas­sador, Da­hal had as­sured to the en­voy that he will im­ple­ment all the agree­ments en­dorsed by the Oli led gov­ern­ment but will he be able to cross all the hur­dles cre­ated through mi­cro-man­age­ment by the In­di­ans? The main thing is that if the Oli led gov­ern­ment would have con­tin­ued, Chinese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping was likely to visit Kath­mandu in the near fu­ture and the Chinese Em­bassy here had al­ready started prepa­ra­tion for the visit. Ac­cord­ing to Narayan­man Bi­jukche, chair­man, Nepal Ma­j­door Kis­han Party, dur­ing the visit of Chinese supreme leader, an agree­ment on con­struc­tion of the rail­way line from Ra­suwa to Lumbini via Kath­mandu and Pokhara was go­ing to be en­dorsed. If the visit of the Chinese supreme leader is can­celled, the agree­ment process will be de­layed. There­fore, the en­tire In­dian plan was to dis­turb the pos­si­ble visit of the Chinese supreme leader to Nepal, say po­lit­i­cal ob­servers. In­deed, to host the Chinese supreme leader is a great op­por­tu­nity for PM Da­hal , yet, will Da­hal be able to man­age the visit, it is still a ques­tion. Within the party also, the hard­liner group is not happy with the present part­ner­ship with the NC. It is a great chal­lenge for Da­hal to man­age his own house. Sooner or later, the party should go to the elec­tions. Presently, Da­hal has lost pop­u­lar im­age as he is be­ing pro­jected as an In­di­an­pup­pet, to which di­rec­tion Da­hal is push­ing his party CPN Maoist Cen­ter, the elec­tion re­sults will show. In­dian strat­egy: Clearly, PM Da­hal had cal­cu­lated that he should win the In­dian con­fi­dence to se­cure his po­lit­i­cal fu­ture. Hence, Da­hal tried to bag In­dian con­fi­dence. If In­dia sees that Da­hal is a los­ing can­di­date, In­dia will not sup­port Da­hal. Fur­ther­more, the present rul­ing party in In­dia is deadly against the ex­trem­ist com­mu­nists. The In­dian es­tab­lish­ment has the ev­i­dences that the Maoists were used by the Western coun­tries as well as Chris­tian mis­sion­ar­ies to de­clare Nepal a sec­u­lar state by re­plac­ing the Hindu iden­tity. The In­dian es­tab­lish­ment is se­ri­ously con­cerned with mas­sive level of conversion of re­li­gion that is tak­ing place in Nepal. For the time be­ing, as there was no other op­tion to top­ple Oli, Da­hal has been used by the In­di­ans but it won't be for a long term. The other chal­lenge for Da­hal is the Mad­heshi de­mands. If ful­filled the de­mands of the Mad­heshi par­ties in ag­i­ta­tion, i.e. re-de­mar­ca­tion of the bound­aries of the prov­inces, there is strong pos­si­bil­ity of bloody clash among the peo­ple. Al­though de­feated the game for the time be­ing, Oli has been able to write his name in the golden history of the na­tion. But what about Da­hal ?

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