The NC itself is in such disarray that it can't even agree on its candidate for prime ministership. Besides, it hasn't come up with any new attractive ideas on why it should have prime ministership other than to imply that it wants to head an election government for the incumbent advantage.
With only a month to go for the extended holiday period, the NC, UML, the Baidya Maoists, and other smaller parties are set to take to the streets to pile up pressure on Prime Minister Bhattarai to step down and make way for an all-party government. The ruling Maoist-Madhesi alliance also plans nationwide mass meetings to explain why it won't let go. To complicate things, Dahal is waiting for Bhattarai to make a serious misstep so he himself can be prime minister.
Forecast: expect some street fireworks before the country goes into a month-long holiday coma and reawakens in mid-November.
Barking up the wrong tree, ANURAG ACHARYA
The frustrated opposition is once again preparing to take to the streets, but what do they really want?