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Nepal – First Round Over Many More to Go
|by Col. Rahul K. Bhonsle|
The constitutional impasse in Nepal over formation of the Interim Government was resolved at the last minute as Mr G P Koirala was sworn in as the Prime Minister and the cabinet formed with six ministers from amidst Maoist ranks on 1 April. The jockeying for power was the main reason for delay as the Maoists were seeking the post of Deputy Prime Minister which was not acceptable to the largest component, the Nepal Congress led by Prime Minster Koirala. In addition all parties were demanding lucrative portfolios such as finance, defence, communications and home.
The problems were also exacerbated due to recent reports of Maoists continuing to display arms in the public despite having completed the process of surrender to the UN monitoring team last month. Reports of continued seizure of public property including the King is also not acceptable to the political leadership as it claims that only the government has the rights of control over public property including that of the Monarch. The Maoists on the other hand claim that weapons are essential for their public safety, thus one of the Members of Parliament is reported to have arrived in the House with a gun. In case such occurrences are due to communication gaps then these could be amicably resolved. However if these are due to lack of effective control over the cadres, then it is a cause for concern. The central Maoist leadership should effectively impose itself and exercise effective control over the cadres and exercise firm discipline.
The Constituent Assembly in Nepal is scheduled to hold elections in June. Current indications indicate likelihood of a delay. This is denoted by lack of adequate staff provided to the Election commission, delay in delimitation of constituencies to provide greater representation for the Terai region and delay in finalization of voters list.
The Terai region however continues to be on the boil with heavy fighting between the Maoists and the Madhesi People's Rights Forum (MPRF) or Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (MJF) breaking out in Gaur which is the district headquarters of Rautahat district. The final toll was 28 people killed in clashes between Maoists and MJF activists. There were allegations of firing from both sides as the Maoists are said to have opposed a rally planned by the MJF in the area. Maoist leadership has been claiming that the MJF is supported by forces from outside Nepal alluding to rightist groups in India and pro palace elements. The Madhesi Students Front (MSF) broke up with the MJF alleging it to be a front organisation for the Royalists. MSF has come out in overwhelming support of the government and the Maoists. The other faction in the struggle Janatantrik Terai Mukti Morcha (JTMM) led by Jwala Singh is also at cross purposes with the MJF further complicating resolution.
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