Left al­liance wor­ries NC, In­dia

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The left al­liance an­nounced in the mid­dle of the Dashain fes­ti­val has sent a shock wave in the Nepali Congress cir­cle as well as New Delhi. A sec­tion of the in­tel­li­gentsia has sus­pected China's hand for the al­liance be­tween the ri­val com­mu­nist par­ties. How­ever, in­clu­sion of Dr Babu­ram Bhat­tarai in the same al­liance has made it more mys­te­ri­ous as Dr Bhat­tarai is known as a proIn­dian leader. Be­cause of the in­clu­sion of Bhat­tarai in the new left al­liance, there are peo­ple who sus­pect In­dia for the dra­matic al­liance be­tween the two ri­val com­mu­nist par­ties. No mat­ter, who en­cour­aged the UML and the Maoist Cen­tre to forge al­liance pitch­ing for their uni­fi­ca­tion af­ter the polls, the al­liance came as a big shock to the Nepali Congress as well as New Delhi. The Maoist-Cen­tre, a coali­tion part­ner of the rul­ing Nepali Congress that had forged al­liance with the NC dur­ing the lo­cal polls joined the UML camp with­out quit­ting the gov­ern­ment. This sud­den shift of the Maoist came as a big slap to NC pres­i­dent and Prime Min­is­ter Sher Ba­hadur Deuba, who had de­cided to forge al­liance with the Maoist dur­ing the lo­cal polls with­out con­sult­ing with NC lead­ers. Ul­ti­mately, the al­liance re­sulted coun­ter­pro­duc­tive for the NC in the elec­tions. In four months, Pushpa Ka­mal Da­hal left Deuba alone. Now PM Deuba has been in a dilemma due to his power-cen­tric pol­i­tics. He now can­not re­move the min­is­ters rep­re­sent­ing the Maoist-Cen­tre and he will be hav­ing a Maoist Home Min­is­ter of the op­po­si­tion camp dur­ing the cru­cial elec­tions. News re­ports have it that Upen­dra Ya­dav threat­ened to with­draw his sup­port if the Maoist min­is­ters were re­moved. How­ever, the Ras­triya Pra­jatantra Party had de­cided to sup­port the Deuba-led gov­ern­ment in a bid to pre­vent it from col­laps­ing. The RPP had with­drawn its sup­port to the gov­ern­ment in Au­gust. Deuba, who was al­most sure to be­come prime min­is­ter even af­ter the elec­tions in the sup­port of the Maoist Cen­tre was prob­a­bly shocked the most when he heard about the al­liance. This is why, a meet­ing of the Nepali Congress de­plored the left al­liance stat­ing that it was against democ­racy, the new con­sti­tu­tion and na­tion­al­ity. The NC, to counter the left al­liance, also de­cided to form an elec­toral al­liance among demo­cratic, na­tion­al­ist and pro­gres­sive forces to tackle the chal­lenge posed by the left al­liance and en­sure po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity and pro­tect the achieve­ments made so far. “The left al­liance has def­i­nitely posed a chal­lenge. But the NC has a his­tory of fac­ing such chal­lenges and emerg­ing vic­to­ri­ous. So we will con­vert this chal­lenge into op­por­tu­nity,” NC leader Ar­jun Nars­ingh KC was quoted by the me­dia. The meet­ing also con­cluded that the CPN-MC had breached the three-point agree­ment reached with the NC while form­ing the in­cum­bent gov­ern­ment by join­ing forces with the UML. Like­wise, New Delhi has re­acted that the al­liance was forged in the Chi­nese ini­tia­tive. For In­dia, which had backed Maoist-Cen­tre boss Da­hal not only dur­ing the bloody in­sur­gency but also while re­plac­ing K P Oli from the post of Prime Min­is­ter, the al­liance was more shock­ing. In­deed, In­dian lead­ers must have re­alised that their poli­cies to im­pose block­ade against Nepal and make ef­fort to fail the con­sti­tu­tion re­sulted in the al­liance. The CPN-UML has been a strong critic of the In­dian es­tab­lish­ment and the Maoist-Cen­tre and the Naya Shakti Party Nepal have de­cided to vir­tu­ally join the UML and this will fur­ther in­crease an­tiIn­dian sen­ti­ments among the masses in Nepal. More­over, New Delhi seemed wor­ried more about the in­creas­ing in­flu­ence of China fol­low­ing the left al­liance, which is likely to win ma­jor­ity seats in the forth­com­ing elec­tions and form a gov­ern­ment un­der K P Oli.

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