Po­lit­i­cal pawns

People's Review - - LEADER - BY P. KHAREL <pkharelpp@gmail.com>

Dhan Ba­hadur Budha, Min­is­ter of Sate for Cul­ture, Tourism and Civil Avi­a­tion, is not re­sign­ing from his Dolpa con­stituency af­ter all. Ear­lier, he was be­ing alerted to step down, to make way for Nepal Com­mu­nist Party (NCP) leader Bam Dev Gau­tam to make par­lia­men­tary en­try. For sev­eral weeks, the cir­cu­lated pro­posal was that Budha would be com­pen­sated in a year and a half with a nom­i­nated [“en­veloped”] seat through pro­por­tion­ate rep­re­sen­ta­tion at the up­per house of the fed­eral leg­is­la­ture. Ve­he­ment op­po­si­tion from the con­stituency that “no out­sider” would be ac­cepted made Gau­tam with­draw the bid to make the cir­cuitous route to par­lia­ment. Gau­tam lost the elec­tions last year but does not have the pa­tience to serve peo­ple from out­side the par­lia­ment. Like a shut­tle in a play-court, see­saw­ing at the mercy of the rac­quet wielded by party lead­er­ship, many party mem­bers are treated by their “se­nior” lead­ers as mere pawns in their po­lit­i­cal scheme of things. Bam Dev Gau­tam, who in the lat­ter half of the 1990s split CPN (UML) and veered close to­ward royal palace, af­ter twists

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