-Dirgha Raj Prasai
The constitution could not be drafted in time following the expiry of Constituent Assembly. In such situation President and PM can’t exercise their power. But Rambaran Yadav and Baburam Bhattarai are clinging to their posts like a leech and sucking Nepal’s blood. Their treacherous behavior has created instability in the nation. The dead interim constitution cannot secure the post of President, as well as Baburam’s PM post is also unsecured. The airplane in which Rambaran and Baburam Bhattarai are travelling bursts into flames in the sky, and then will they live? With the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly (CA) interim constitution was cremated. Down with persons willing to bargain off the country for power positions! So in a sense, Rambaran Yadav who opened the gates of treason is considered more fatal than the leader of treacherous acts–Baburam Bhattarai.
The President’s post had already gone to the cremation site for final ritual but someone chipped in saying that the President must play the role of a guardian. This is similar to the baseless effort to revive the CA. Only dead fish swims with the stream. The CA also expired in time; no one can give the new life. The followers of CA are all defeated. Then, why some people are going to exercise in futility to give the new life of the dead CA, fallaciously. The expired president Rambaran is not conscious of these facts. But he has come to listen to flattering talks of leaders from Nepali Congress and UML– the parties that have fallen into Indian ditch – and treaded the unconstitutional path to betray the nation by adamantly clinging to his post. In awareness of Rambaran’s wily attitude the other traitor Subash Nemwang waiting an opportunity and wants to return to his former position of CA’s Speaker. He is also demanding for revival of the CA. How can the CA that died of its natural causes be revived?
If we analyze the political chaos that ensued following the dissolution of CA we will find that Rambaran Yadav and Baburam Bhattarai are both fatal elements incapable of understanding national politics. Rambaran Yadav is a medical doctor while Baburam Bhattarai is the doctor of architecture. Such technocrats cannot understand political sensitivity. Their inability to understand the post of President and Prime Minister is unfortunate for the nation. The Maoist leader Baburam Bhattarai is manipulated by a foreign intelligence agency for Christianity in the name of ethnicity-based federalism whereas fortunately Rambaran Yadav is not controlled by anyone. He is only a Congressman. Although Baburam Bhattrai is a foreign broker but Rambaran seems a more dangerous individual. In turning Nepal into a Christian land Baburam Bhattarai will create a battle ground for foreign powers.
Everybody knows- the dissolution of legislature the post of President and Prime Minister is automatically dissolved. Not only Baburam Bhattarai’s, who was elected through CA, but Rambaran Yadav is also automatically stripped of his position. Rambaran Yadav is pretending not to be aware of these facts and instead boasts of his Presidential position which allows opportunity for Baburam Bhattarai like fatal individual to remain in power and to drown the nation. Rambaran and Baburam should have followed the example set by Subash Nemwang, who left for his district immediately after CA’s dissolution. Had the president Rambaran acted on moral ground to leave for his home, would it have been wise for Baburam to cling to his chair?
The consensus reached with the King was breached on 24 April, 2006 under the direction of India and Western nations. After which they looked to extirpate Nepal’s existence. Just recently King Gyanendra publicly stated in regards to the agreement reached on 24 April. ‘The then seven political parties and I had reached a written agreement on retaining the royal institution. The first point of the five point-agreement stated that the transformation will take place on basis of the 1990 constitution, the second point calls for reinstatement of the dissolved parliament, the third point agrees on retaining the multiparty system and fourth point for retention of the constitutional monarchy for generations to follow. The fifth point states that the all four agreements will work in tandem.’ It is to be noted that on 22 May 2002 the then Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba had sent a recommendation to the King to dissolve the parliament elected in 1999.
Nepal’s plight is very sensitive. What causes have contributed in bringing the nation to current plight and how this chaotic scenario became a possibility? Who is to take responsibility for this retrogression? Nepali Congress (NC), UML and the Maoists that came to power after 2006 do not want to take responsibility of the dangers faced by the nation. Who is the officially responsible power? The series of treacherous acts was initiated by NC leader Girija Prasad who instigated chaos. Rambaran Yadav and Kul Bahadur Gurung were both loyal supporters of B.P Koirala in NC. Both of them did not abandon Ganeshman and Krishna Prasad, who adhered to B.P’s ideology. They are both supporters of constitutional monarchy. They did not back Girija Prasad when he had supported the Republic apparatus. Kul Bahadur Gurung had branded the 12-point understanding of Delhi in 2005 as a blunder. He still regards it as the same.
As much influenced were Rambaran and Kul Bahadur from B.P’s ideology, Nepal Student Union’s founder, Devendra Nepali, was not any less influenced. Nepali was incarcerated for eight years in the struggle for multi-party system. Nepali, who is also an advocate, bravely says- ‘Republic, federalism and secularism imposed against nation’s interest will wreck the nation. These agenda’s are malicious for the nation.’ He says that it is insignificant to say that the nation is without a constitution when the relevance of the 1990 constitution continues. The government plans to promulgate the budget of next fiscal year despite such chaos. Prime Minister will be nominated on consensual basis. There is talk of round table conference in the Maoist party, which has divided. Who will announce it? Who – (?) Rambaran Yadav? Is Baburam Bhattarai under Indian pressure?
Kul Bahadur Gurung has recently said- ‘ The king imprisoned me for eight years. For BP the royal institution was a danger but he could evaluate the situation. He used to call the king a ‘key stone’ of this nation.’ Likewise Rambaran Yadav who is now being a dictator type of King used to say that Nepal would not remain secure in absence of a monarch. Of course they were such nationalists. However, Girija intervened to make Kul Bahadur the chairman of the first session of CA and under his chairmanship republic was announced. Girija introduced Krishna Sitaula, (who had lost the election) into CA, as if a member, with the proposal to declare republic.
Rambaran Yadav is a staunch supporter of B.P and favors the royal institution. But Girija made him the President of a Republic. Girija has made these leaders scapegoats. Rambaran’s present acts have proved that even the greatest patriots without an ideology become devils. Had Rambaran Yadav’s intellect been adequate, on the very next day following the dissolution of CA he would have said- ‘We have all failed, now the state must run on 1990 constitution.’ And having said so, he would have appealed to King Gyanendra to take control of the state. He would not have had to earn ignominy as such by slyly continuing to remain at Sheetal Niwas with remorse.
In reality Nepal’s situation is different from that of other nations. Located between the two large nations – China and India – Nepal cannot function with balance in a Republic setup or any other system except that of the royal institution. The foreign activities were rampant during Rambaran’s tenure as well. India wanted to make Ramrajaprasad the President and accordingly had invested much through Baburam Bhattarai of the Maoist party. But he lost. Rambaran has forgotten all. He is bathed in vanity and now wants to become as that of king. Tomorrow when there will be a Presidential election will begin the ethnic and regional competition among the Nepalese people and as well as there will be a competitive Presidential election of Chinese, Indians, Americans and Europeans. Another conflict may rise from the debate as to who should become the President from the ethnic groups. This may lead to the possibility of the nation falling into a quagmire of conflict. Even if a person with a Nepalese citizenship becomes a President that person will not be able to work being a Nepalese person.
The President will have to follow the directives of whosoever invested and played the role in his/her success in election. The foreign activities in that time will increase merging Nepal’s existence into the soil. If Rambaran does not understand this – why shouldn’t we call people like him fatal? The leader Ganeshman Singh used to say-’ Who is and who is not a patriot will be found out after the person reaches a power position in the state.’ Rambaran has shown his status as a sly traitor. Damned be his nonsensical and talkative advisors who are running after money.
People have always feared fire, flood and a mad dog. Similarly in Nepal people fear the activities of foreign intelligence agencies and the Maoists. PM Baburam and Prachanda want to take advantage of this turmoil to turn Nepal into a Christian state. The Madhesi lots, who are staunchly pro-Hindu, have also become Maoist’s trap of Western nations to rape their mother religion. It is point able the Madhesi leaders die for post, money and Hilly girls. Like a rabid dog they go anywhere and eat anything.
The people of Terai have written that the Indian Embassy sees them as its slave. I feel that the cause of death of Madhesi leaders will be the people of Terai. As the new constitution could not be promulgated it automatically rendered the 2006 interim constitution obsolete. The President and the Prime Minister who have already become erstwhile and lost legal status are trying to turn the nation into a contract based business, why? We can honorably enthrone the King in respect to the unchangeable provisions in the 1990 constitution. Then we can free the nation from this prevailing turmoil by categorically planning on controlling foreign activities and developing the nation. To plan such points of development the Nepalese people, state organs, court, national army and security sources must be prepared. From now Nepal must run under the administration of Narayanhiti not the directives of conspiratorial brokers of Delhi.
In politics character and stance plays an important role. The political leaders from be free of any tarnish. The leadership must always present itself as clear in the eyes of the people. Mistakes are bound to follow any effort. The leadership must be able to recognize mistakes to rectify them timely. The leaders that have been active after 2006 do not want to recognize their mistakes. So they stink. Without any meaning Nepali Congress and UML among other parties who were the creators of the 1990 constitution came under the Indian influence in support of drafting a constitution through a CA. They decided to dig for a well when water flowed from taps. Now they are trapped in that dirty well.
Those who cannot evaluate the situation in time are bound to fall into trap. CA has already died. With the death of CA the elected PM and the President have also lost their status. The interim constitution is unworkable. The state must take action against those adamant on running the interim constitution which is also dead. The interim constitution does not contain any such provision as could provide a solution for the nation from current plight. It was handicap and on the night of 27 May it died. No other alternative is possible than to reverting to the 1990 constitution with King for transformation and consensus. All patriotic forces– Nepalese people, nationalists within the parties, the court, security sources, national army, employees, laborers, farmers and the King must save the nation from drowning.
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This article was originally published by www.merouk.com last week.