Hopes from south

People's Review - - COMMENTARY / NEWS - PR PRAD­HAN push­para­jprad­han@gmail.com

CPN Maoist Cen­ter supremo Push­paka­mal Da­hal is the Prime Min­is­ter for nine months. It is clear that Da­hal can do noth­ing within the given nine months. Even af­ter three weeks, Da­hal was un­able to give com­plete shape to his cab­i­net. There is se­ri­ous dis­pute within the NC as Ram­chan­dra Poudel fac­tion was per­form­ing non-co­op­er­a­tion to NC supremo Sher Ba­hadur Deuba. Deuba was wait­ing for names rec­om­mended by the Poudel camp un­til 21 Au­gust. It was said that Deuba will wait till Tues­day 23rd Au­gust for re­ceiv­ing names to be in­cluded in the cab­i­net from the Poudel camp. When it was asked to a NC leader that whether Poudel will rec­om­mend names by Tues­day, the re­ply this scribe had re­ceived was that it is up to the south. The Deuba camp was con­fi­dent that by Tues­day he would re­ceive names af­ter the pres­sure to the lead­ers in the Poudel camp. Da­hal had sent his spe­cial en­voy with a four-point agenda to Delhi. They in­cluded, amend­ment of the con­sti­tu­tion; re­spond­ing the de­mands of the Mad­heshi com­mu­nity in­clud­ing the pro­vi­sion of elec­toral con­stituen­cies on the ba­sis of pop­u­la­tion; giv­ing rights to the nat­u­ral­ized ci­ti­zens; re­de­mar­ca­tion of the pro­vin­cial bound­aries, among oth­ers. Da­hal knows that with­out two thirds ma­jor­ity, the con­sti­tu­tion can­not be amended. Da­hal also knows that it is dif­fi­cult to amend the con­sti­tu­tion with­out ap­proval of the UML. When it was asked to a Maoist Cen­ter leader that whether Da­hal can ful­fill th­ese com­mit­ments, the leader had replied, it is up to the south. Da­hal is even con­fi­dent that the Mad­heshi Front lead­ers will also join the govern­ment. There­fore, Da­hal and Deuba had de­cided to keep the for­eign min­istry port­fo­lio for Upen­dra Ya­dav re­served. Un­til now, there is no sign of amend­ment of the con­sti­tu­tion by ad­dress­ing the Mad­heshi de­mands and also there is no sign of the Mad­heshi Front join­ing the govern­ment. Nev­er­the­less, it won't be odd if the UML will sup­port the process of amend­ment of the con­sti­tu­tion and if the Mad­heshi Front will join the govern­ment as south is hold­ing the keys of all the po­lit­i­cal lead­ers here! The present po­lit­i­cal sce­nario of the coun­try is that the govern­ment is to­tally de­pended upon south. The Mad­heshi Front's de­mands can be ful­filled, the con­sti­tu­tion can be amended elec­tions can be held and fi­nally the con­sti­tu­tion will be fully im­ple­mented by 21 Jan­uary, 2018, but it is up to the south. Nev­er­the­less, our po­lit­i­cal lead­ers never feel ashamed when telling them­selves a sovereign leader.

Da­hal’s pri­or­ity agen­das:

As Da­hal knows that he can do noth­ing within the given nine months, first of all Da­hal wants to se­cure his po­lit­i­cal fu­ture by pleas­ing the bosses in south. There­fore, he will try to fol­low all the in­struc­tions from the south. Da­hal, to please south, is go­ing to han­dover the Kathmandu-Ni­j­gadh fast track road and con­struc­tion of the air­port in Ni­j­gadh. One of the agenda of Da­hal in send­ing DPM Bim­i­len­dra Nidhi to Delhi was to ar­range Da­hal's first abroad visit to Delhi at the ca­pac­ity of a PM. When he had be­come the PM for the first time, by break­ing the tra­di­tion, he had vis­ited China to at­tend the con­clud­ing cer­e­mony of the Bei­jing Olympics. Dur­ing his de­par­ture, he had given a big talk that he had bro­ken the tra­di­tion. When he was in Bei­jing, he came to know that his bosses in south were un­happy from Da­hal's visit to north as his first step abroad, upon his re­turn, Da­hal had clar­i­fied that his visit to Bei­jing was not an of­fi­cial one and he would pay his first of­fi­cial visit to In­dia. Later, he vis­ited In­dia by main­tain­ing the tra­di­tion. This time, Da­hal has not wish to com­mit another blun­der, there­fore, he had sent an ap­pli­ca­tion to the In­dian lead­ers by re­quest­ing for his visit. Ear­lier, be­fore pro­mul­ga­tion of the con­sti­tu­tion, he had vis­ited In­dia at the ca­pac­ity of the chair­man of the UCPN Maoist. Ac­cord­ing to sources in Lain­chour Dur­war, Da­hal had put strong pres­sure to the en­voy here to ar­range his of­fi­cial visit to In­dia. That was also an ef­fort to please the In­dian lead­ers. Da­hal had learnt to have said to the In­dian lead­ers that al­though he had com­mit­ted blun­ders, in fu­ture, he would not re­peat such mis­takes. In the past Da­hal had as­sured the In­dian lead­ers only by words, how­ever, this is the time to please the In­di­ans by serv­ing their in­ter­ests. The pre­vi­ous KP Sharma Oli led govern­ment had taken na­tion­al­is­tic stance and to please In­dia, Da­hal has to take pro-In­dian stance and Da­hal is pre­par­ing to do so.

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