By N24 Correspondent, KATHMANDU:- Regardless of whether there will be a change of government, Nepal’s opposition political parties are approaching each other and holding talks to gauge future possibilities.
Nepali Congress (NC) is leading the initiatives while Janata Samajwadi Party (JSP) and NCP (Maoist) are backing the initiatives, albeit with a lot of homework remaining, to chart out a detailed sketch of a potential political scenario.
In the mean time, NC President and former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has floated a proposal stating that only an election, as usual, can provide a lifeline to a democratic process and system.
Is Deuba going to lead an election government then?
“A periodical election is still a couple of years away. Still, if the opposition parties manage to form a new government under the leadership of Deuba, the same government could be tasked with the duty of holding the next general election,” said an analyst, who did not want to be named.
The problem with Deuba, however, is that the Maoists and leaders of JSP including Mahantha Thakur and Upendra Yadav have not yet given a crystal clear “blue prints” on the modality and nitty-gritty of their support to the next government.
Deuba has been stressing that the formation of a new government should be open and unconditional, while JSP has been preparing to present a long list of their party cadres imprisoned by the state on various charges. JSP wants them to be freed in a lump sum manner as a precondition of forming and joining a new government, while NC says those issues should be dealt case by case.
As for the Maoists, its supremo Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” has not yet overcome the shock of NCP’s split into UML and Maoists. Prachanda has taken action against four Maoist ministers, who are still in the UML government, but has not yet officially withdrawn support extended to the government.
Here is where the NC has its differences with the Maoists, who are still preferring to ride two boats at the same time. Maoists have to make up their mind as to whether they still support the incumbency or favor a new government to be led by Deuba.
As for Deuba, there would be no better opportunity than now to lead a government that will ultimately and most probably hold the next general election.
As for PM KP Sharma Oli, he still has chances to continue leading the incumbent government and hold the next general election under his leadership, only if he overcomes the challenges posed by the Maoists and the UML’s rebel factions, primarily led by former PM and UML senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal.
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