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Can Nepal And Oli Mend Fences Again?

Literally, It’s Better For Comrades Madhav Kumar Nepal and KP Sharma Oli To Unite Again. However, The Stark Realities And Differences Between Them Are Not Letting Them Unite.

By N24 Correspondent, KATHMANDU:- With some unpleasant political developments in the past couple of months, comrades Madhav Kumar Nepal and KP Sharma Oli have indicated that their “long march” from here on would be independent of each other.

First, there was a crisis in the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) owing to its patent name issue. Then there was a crisis in the NCP (UML), which re-emerged after a Supreme Court verdict that paved way for the split of NCP into UML and NCP (Maoist). And now, chances are high that there would be further split of UML into UML (led by Oli) and UML (led by Nepal).

Incumbent Prime Minister Oli and former PM Nepal have worked together for more than 45 years. Between their love and hate relations, they favored to support each other standing in the same party camp for long against the then party stalwarts including CP Mainali, RK Mainali and Jhalanath Khanal.

Both Nepal and Oli were disciples of comrade Madan Bhandari, who internally fought against Mainali, Khanal and others and rose to power. And now, things are a bit different when the disciples of Bhandari themselves are parting ways owing to their own vested interests, high ego problems and superior feelings against each other.

“The clash of ego between Nepal and Oli was the turning point for the demise of NCP and now the UML. The more they part their ways, the more is the chance they dig grave for themselves,” said an analyst, who did not want to be named.

With the split in NCP and UML and the clash of Nepal and Oli, Nepal’s politics is now tilting in favor of Nepali Congress and its President Sher Bahadur Deuba. There are efforts from opposition parties to form a non-UML and a non-NCP government.

Regardless of which political party dominates Nepal’s politics in the days to come, both Nepal and Oli’s “hay days” are, for sure, approaching an end. And both Nepal and Oli will be responsible for their own political demise, if they still prefer to stick with their selfish decisions to minimize each other and continue working in a non-compromising manner.


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