Prachanda as “Yes man”!

People's Review - - COMMENTARY/NEWS - PR PRAD­HAN push­para­jprad­

Just re­cently Maoist Cen­ter supremo Push­paka­mal Da­hal “Prachanda” had said that he doesn't want to be the “Yes man” of any­body. Af­ter he was “ter­mi­nated “from the post of the PM eight years ago, time and again, he has said that he didn't wish to be the “Yes man” of the power cen­ter or say, In­dia. Un­til sev­eral months ago, Da­hal “Prachanda” was found say­ing to his closed col­leagues that his life was un­der threat. He had hinted that he was re­ceiv­ing such threats from In­dia. He used to be serious while talk­ing about such threats. Jana Aastha ver­nac­u­lar weekly had also re­ported that in De­cem­ber last year, Prachanda, by show­ing a se­cret doc­u­ment (against him) to a high-rank­ing In­dian of­fi­cer, had ques­tioned: “What is this? Are you go­ing to con­tin­u­ously threaten me by show­ing this doc­u­ment? If so, how can I trust you?” That re­port was pub­lished in The Hin­dus­tan Times on 24 July. Jana Aastha adds, to­day, the very Prachanda has be­come the Prime Min­is­ter with the bless­ings of the South now. Ac­cord­ing to the Weekly, every time, by see­ing that doc­u­ment Prachanda used to get ner­vous. That doc­u­ment is re­lated to a “peo­ple's war” episode, in which, to man­age funds and arms for the “peo­ple's war”, Prachanda had helped the anti-In­dian un­der­world, Da­wood Ibrahim, a highly placed source in­formed. The South is using that doc­u­ment – re­lated to Prachan­daDa­wood con­nec­tion in their trans­ac­tion of fake In­dian cur­rency and arms -- as a strong in­stru­ment to defuse Prachanda's glory. When Deelip Sha­rankoti, mem­ber of the Maoist state com­mit­tee, knew about the doc­u­ment from which Prachanda was hor­ri­fied, he re­ported this to Prachanda but the lat­ter re­mained silent and didn't show any re­ac­tion even af­ter the for­mer's brief­ing. This sus­pi­cious si­lence has still re­mained, re­ported the Weekly. Ac­cord­ing to this scribe's source, he was found say­ing to his close aides in the party that the South may fin­ish him any­time. This is sur­pris­ing to note that to­day, the very per­son has be­come the PM by top­pling an “ex­treme na­tion­al­ist” KP Sharma Oli. As far as this scribe is aware, Push­paka­mal Da­hal is the key per­son who crafted the 16-point agree­ment by as­sur­ing the PM's post to KP Sharma Oli, who, be­fore that agree­ment, was a strong critic of the Maoist. To give a blow to the South, Prachanda de­vel­oped this de­sign. When the In­dian for­eign sec­re­tary was on a visit to Kath­mandu at the ca­pac­ity of the spe­cial en­voy of In­dian prime min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, Da­hal had hu­mil­i­ated him in an undiplo­matic man­ner. The spe­cial en­voy had be­come very fu­ri­ous from such a be­hav­ior of Da­hal which re­sulted in the eco­nomic em­bargo on Nepal. Every­body knows, be­fore NC supremo Sher Ba­hadur Deuba's of­fi­cial visit to Delhi, Da­hal had qui­etly sent Kr­ishna Ba­hadur Ma­hara to Delhi as his en­voy. Da­hal had sent the mes­sage that if he will be re­warded as the prime min­is­ter, he would serve The South's in­ter­ests. He had made the re­quest to the In­di­ans to con­vince Deuba for de­vel­op­ing NC-MC al­liance against Oli. The In­di­ans, who were try­ing all op­tions to top­ple the Oli gov­ern­ment, took this pro­posal pos­i­tively and asked Deuba to sup­port Da­hal and de­velop an NC-MC al­liance by break­ing the UML-MC al­liance. How­ever, when this plan was ex­posed, the process of top­pling the Oli gov­ern­ment was de­layed for two months. There­fore, the plan to top­ple the Oli gov­ern­ment was not an abrupt de­ci­sion of Da­hal, but a strate­gic plan of the South that was de­vel­oped along soon af­ter the for­ma­tion of the Oli gov­ern­ment. The ques­tion is that will In­dia per­ma­nently trust Da­hal? From Da­hal's side, he has an­a­lyzed that he has no po­lit­i­cal fu­ture ex­cept from win­ning the con­fi­dence of the In­di­ans. There­fore, he has given top pri­or­ity to ad­dress the de­mands of the Mad­heshi par­ties, which, Da­hal con­sid­ers as the key in­ter­ests of the In­di­ans. Im­me­di­ately af­ter Da­hal was elected to the post of the prime min­is­ter, Da­hal an­nounced that he will ad­dress the Mad­heshi par­ties' de­mands even by amend­ing the con­sti­tu­tion within one month. Da­hal plans to bag two-thirds ma­jor­ity in the par­lia­ment even by ex­clud­ing the UML. There­fore, Da­hal is try­ing to please RPP to bag its sup­port for amend­ment of the con­sti­tu­tion. This time, Da­hal will make all ef­forts to make happy the In­di­ans, say those who are close to Da­hal. On the other hand, the In­di­ans, by an­a­lyz­ing his past records, have reached to a con­clu­sion that Da­hal is not a trust­wor­thy per­son. He is not a true com­mu­nist but a per­son hav­ing feu­dal char­ac­ter­is­tics. Fur­ther­more, he is an op­por­tunist, the In­di­ans have an­a­lyzed. As there were no other op­tions to take re­venge against Oli, the In­di­ans have used Da­hal. How­ever, the In­di­ans have de­vel­oped a pro­file of weak­nesses of Da­hal and they are con­fi­dent that time and again, Da­hal can be used to serve the In­dian in­ter­ests with threats. This time, the In­di­ans might have used the con­fi­den­tial doc­u­ment about Da­hal's re­la­tions with Da­wood as a threat. In this re­gard, one can reach to a con­clu­sion that time and again, Da­hal will be serv­ing the In­dian in­ter­ests in Nepali pol­i­tics in the days to come.

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