26 September, 2020

Opportunist Politics At Work

Communists take advantage of a factional rift threatening the six-month-old ruling coalition of Sher Bahadur Deuba

Opportunist Politics At Work
FIVE years after the triumph of the pro-democracy movement and the first-ever democratic elections, Nepal once again faces political upheaval. The six-month-old Nepali Congress-led coalition government, which includes the pro-monarchy Rash-triya Prajatantra Party (RPP) and the Teraibased Nepal Sadhbhavna Party (NSP), is threatened by rebellion within the RPP. And things have come to such a pass essentially because of bickering between the Nepali Congress (NC) and the RPP.

On March 12, the opposition CPN(UML)—Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist)—filed a no-confidence motion against the government, accusing it of creating political instability, violating human rights, jeopardising peace and tranquility and destroying the national economy. Surprisingly, it proposed forming a new government with a faction of the RPP, led by the last Panchayat prime minister, Lokendra Bahadur Chand.

What observers find galling is the fact that Chand, who brutally cracked down on the popular pro-democracy People's novement in 1990, will head the proposed CPN(UML)-RPP...



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