Maoists need to come with a roadmap
P. B. Pokhrel
Kathmandu, Nepal -- The political stalemate of the country seems to be continuing further volatile as political parties are sticking on their respective stances even in this critical juncture. The UCPN-Maoist is completely reluctant to dissolution of paramilitary structure of the Young Communist League (YCL), returning of the forcefully seized property during the decade long insurgency to the rightful owners and to integration or rehabilitation of the people liberation army (PLA), former Maoist combatants.
Maoists are intended to lead the next government without fulfilling the demands raised by the NC and UML. Interestingly, the recent politburo meeting of the UCPN-Maoist decided to lead the next consensus government which seems too hard to come into practice. Other political parties which want to see the Maoist as the civilian party would not accept the Maoist as the leader of the consensus government unless the Maoist fulfills the demands. The situation leaves no any sign that political parties would come into concert conclusion which will guarantee the new constitution on extended time frame and reach the ongoing peace process into logical conclusion.
The recently concluded politburo meeting of the Maoist was believed to bring a new way out to resolve the contentious issues. However, the Maoist, Instead, come out with new demands. The demand for forming extra security force for the ex-combatants instead of integration and rehabilitation on the security agency with concrete number and modalities can not reach the issues any conclusion.
Likewise, the meeting did not address the concern of the other political parties regarding the issues of YCL and seized property. Instead of engaging in a discussion to settle the differences wining the hearts and minds of the political parties, Maoist chose the no way out to resolve the ongoing stalemate of the country.
Piling up the new demands and bringing in a new wish-list during this crunch time will be no any help in breaking the political deadlock. Being the largest party in the constituent assembly and the part of the ongoing peace process, the Maoist must come up with concrete vision, mission and goal to reach the ongoing peace process into logical conclusion and bring the new constitution on extended time frame.
There is need to focus on the latest three point agreement that all the government alliance and the Maoist itself had agreed to work on to resolve the political crisis. If the Maoist and the political parties in the incumbent government are really responsible and serious towards ongoing peace process, both the points which are remaining to fulfill as mentioned on the three point agreement reached on May 28, can be addressed simultaneously.
If the Maoist really wants to form a national consensus government under its leadership, it should be flexible to choose the consensus candidate. There should be a chance to choose the common personality to lead the mostly hyped consensus government. This formula should be applicable to the political parties which dare to lead the consensus government.
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There is no need to indulge on nonsense debate as interim constitution has never barred the possibility of forming consensus government. Majority based government can be formed only if the possibility of consensus based governmen