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Elections 2017

By PR Pradhan

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The elections for House of Representatives and Province Parliament have become very costly for the Nepali Congress and India as well. India is engaged in micro-management in Nepal and this time also, the Indians had their own candidates to whom the Indian mission here was campaigning for. Nevertheless, many of them were very badly defeated in the election. Except from No 2 Province, Indian strategy had totally failed. In No 2 Province, many of the Indian blue-eyed boys have been elected.

From another point of view, those political leaders who were actively involved in signing of the 12-point agreement in Delhi in developing the front of eight parties for political change in Nepal have been very shamefully defeated in this election. One among the NC leaders, who had proposed for declaring Nepal a secular republic, the then home minister Krishna Shitaula has been defeated by RPP leader Rajendra Lingden with a very big margin in Jhapa 3 constituency. RPP general secretary Lingden is vocal of Hindu kingdom. Within 11 years, things have changed drastically.

Those defeated leaders in the Nepali Congress are blaming Sher Bahadur Deuba for being responsible for the defeat of the Nepali Congress in elections. In fact, all those leaders who have removed late BP Koirala’s ideology of socialism and two pillar system, are responsible for the present defeat. In the 11th national convention held in August 2005, the party had deleted constitutional monarchy from its party statute. Girija Prasad Koirala, who had always wanted to enjoy the power, was against Sher Bahadur Deuba becoming the prime minister. When Deuba became the prime minister even by splitting the party, Koirala became very furious and adopted the communist agenda of making Nepal a republic. Furthermore, Koirala played the leading role in signing the 12-point agreement by surrendering democratic values adopted by the historic party Nepali Congress to the radical communist force Maoist which was responsible for killing of above 17 thousand innocent Nepali people. Koirala was the instrumental character in adopting the Indo-West agendas of secular federal republic. Since the Nepali Congress surrendered its fundamental values to the radical communists and foreign powers, the significance of the Nepali Congress was finished. Even today, a section of NC leaders are advocating for restoration of BP Koirala’s ideology of two pillar system as they find no difference in the path adopted by the communists and the path of the Nepali Congress.

Of course, when the Left forces, especially UML and Maoist Center announced alliance between the two parties followed by unification, NC tried to develop alliance between the democratic forces. Nevertheless, the democratic alliance was an alliance without a concrete ideology whereas the Leftist alliance had given the slogan of stable government and economic transformation, among others. The Leftists were clear and convinced about their agenda, on the other hand, the Democratic alliance was not clear about their own role. Even before the election, many political observers had warned the Nepali Congress for becoming the next Rastriya Praja Parishan by losing its historical credibility. However, NC didn’t wish to correct the mistakes committed by Girija Prasad Koirala and thus NC has faced the present result, which is not surprising.

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