UML General Secretary Madhab Kumar Nepal's contradictory statements between 28 September and 1 October:
"Considering the big festivals like Dasain and Tihar, I have proposed that the government declare a unilateral ceasefire so that the Maoists can be brought in for peace talks." (After the high level peace committee meeting on 28 September)
"I have no idea who proposed the idea of a unilateral ceasefire and who rejected it during the high level peace committee meeting." (While addressing the Food Security Asian March in Kathmandu on 30 September)
"Ideally, both sides should go for a ceasefire. If the Maoists do not make the move, the government must take initiative. If the government declares a unilateral ceasefire for 15 days, the sky will not fall down." (While addressing a UML training program on 1 October)
These contradictions are typical of UML General Secretary Nepal. He never remains consistent for even a single day. The way he has changed his versions diametrically this time has made many suspicious. Even his own party colleagues and cadre are left wondering why Nepal is flip-flopping like that. Many believe this is a survival tactic. It is no secret that the UML has been on a tight spot after it joined the government claiming that 'regression' had been corrected. The government remains unable to convince the people that this is the case, and the law and order situation hasn't improved either. Worse yet, it has made the lives of the general Nepali public more difficult by increasing the prices of petroleum products.
Since Nepal knows what the government has and has not been able to do, sometimes he takes the offensive and at other times he is defensive. With contradictory statements on the unilateral ceasefire, he is trying to please both the government and the people.