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Nepal: Old Parties Face Liquidation

Posted by Mike E on May 21, 2008

This appeared in the latest issue of Red Star newspaper from Nepal

With their shameful defeat in the Constituent Assembly election, it seems that the establishment political parties are hastily speeding towards their own dissolution. Severe crisis in the leadership, serious delusion with their party policies and programs, deepening dissatisfaction and frustration within the establishment parties have now come to light.

The monarchy that ruled Nepal for 250 years is going and the pro-royalist forces have been washed away. Following the same path, the so-called big parties who claimed to be leaders of democracy seem to be liquidating. After their defeat, the Nepali Congress and the CPN UML are facing a crisis of leadership and severe internal contradictions.

The Nepali Congress, the party that claims to be a champion of democracy, always served the monarchy. After the re-introduction of multi-party democracy in 1990, the Nepali Congress ruled the country and the life of Nepali people deteriorated. The party has been the private property of the Koirala family and follows the will of GP Koirala. Although the election has destroyed the Koirala family, the family are not ready to handover the party to the Sher Bahadur Deuba faction. Furthermore, it seems that after GP Koirala’s death, the struggle to control the Nepali Congress may lead to dissolution of the Nepali Congress. Many inside the Congress Party say that the United States is trying to push the Deuba faction. The nomination in the PR list has created huge dissatisfaction within the party. A Nepali Congress central leader, Purna Bahadur Khadka, has resigned from his post.

The CPN UML, which pretends to be a Communist party, seems to be in a major crisis. The CPN UML leaders, who dreamt of leading the government and becoming the largest political party, are now fighting with each other. The former general secretary MK Nepal has resigned from his post and is living in anonymity. After his resignation, various sections within the party are attempting to capture the party, and each faction blaming the other for their humiliating defeat. On the dispute in the selecting the candidates, some central leaders have resigned and 14 other central leaders have registered their note of dissent. As the support and aspiration of the left masses of the people has been towards the CPN-Maoist, many think that CPN UML will never be able to compensate its defeat. Moreover, many are suggesting to the CPN UML to stop pretending they are a Communist Party, and to change their name and their party policy. The CPN UML has been holding its CC meeting for 16 days, but are still unable to decide whether to join the government or not. They are waiting for the Nepali Congress decision.

The CA election has not only changed the state structure, but has brought about a complete change in the power-balance of the parties. This proves that the power of the masses is all powerful, and that the masses are the makers of history. If parties fail to update themselves with the consciousness and aspiration of the people; then the masses will punish them. The Nepali people have done just that and thrown the feudalist, the establishment status quo parties into the dustbin of history.

One Response to “Nepal: Old Parties Face Liquidation”

  1. Anon said

    Haha, great image selection.

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