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Unite, or else



In our party, it is the person (Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba) who has become powerful but the organisation has remained weak. It was this same undemocratic style that led to the division of the Nepali Congress. But even after splitting and forming the splinter Nepali Congress (Democratic), the functioning style of our party has remained the same. The party has not been able to provide any outlet to the crisis of the country. It has not been able to perform well and that is why there is no reason for it to stay in the government.

In the recent central committee meeting, I raised the issue of the state of our party. I told them we had split from Nepali Congress to steer a democratic course but since the party had shown no sign of being democratic, there was no point in staying separate. That is why I urged the party to merge again with the Nepali Congress.

I also raised the issue of the reinstatement of parliament. It is true that getting the parliament through elections is the best way. But elections cannot be held in the present situation without cooperation from the Maoists. Hence the need to restore parliament. The country has not envisioned the state without parliament. If the king, the Maoists and all quarters agree, constituent assembly can be a way out too.

All members of my party's central committee agree with me in principle. Majority of our central committee members are in favour of the reinstatement of the House. They think so because they believe all constitutional forces should stand as one, especially in the present context. Parliament is the right forum allowing these constitutional forces to unite. No force can tackle the complex situation alone. As per the issue of the Constituent Assembly, almost everyone agreed it was the third alternative. But majority believed that it would not be possible without the forces recognising one another.


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(11 JAN 2013 - 17 JAN 2013)


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