Mandate For Stability
Nepal has successfully accomplished the three-tier elections that do not only cap the seismic political changes of the last one decade but also fulfill Nepalis’ long overdue dream of carving the destiny of the nation through a constitution written by the elected representatives. The new constitution, promulgated in 2015, has envisioned a federal, secular and republican setup. And now with the completion of the three-level polls - local, provincial and federal- this dream has come true, setting the stage for the desired economic development and prosperity. To the happiness of the people and the political parties, the elections went off without a hitch, barring a few violent incidents. The people demonstrated a higher sense of prudence and guts by overwhelmingly participating in the historic elections. The mandate they expressed through the polls reflects their deep desire for stability and change. The electorate explicitly favoured the Left Alliance over the Loktantrik Alliance with the humble hope that the former would live up to its promise of stability and prosperity made before them. The Left Alliance is close to clinching a comfortable majority needed to form a strong and stable government to deliver the goods to the citizens. The fresh mandate offers a golden opportunity to the new victors to shape the nation’s future. This democratic change heralds a new era for the nation that has been reeling from tedious transition, gratuitous dependency, abject poverty, and massive unemployment and backwardness for decades. The onus is on the upcoming left government to do away with these troubles of Nepali society.
The other day CPN-UML chair and leader of the Left Alliance KP Sharma Oli rightly said that the nation had completed a new revolution though the Loktantrik method. Addressing a poll victory gathering in Jhapa, Oli noted that a great campaign of nation building had commenced with the success of the election. He said the voting results signified a new revolution that would usher the nation onto the path of economic development and prosperity. Oli made it clear that the new government would respect the feelings of the opposition and not show arrogance and haughty behaviour. He even said that in the past, winning parties turned oppressive and egoistic. Oli revealed that he and his party were victims of overbearing acts of the winning parties. He pledged that the new administration would refrain itself from unleashing tyranny towards the opposition. Oli, who has been tipped as the future PM, has mellowed down and avoided the harsh comments that often target the rival parties and candidates. This is a very positive gesture on the part of the leader of the Left Alliance that clinched a landslide victory, rolling over the grand old party, the Nepali Congress. The belligerent feelings, created during the poll campaign, continue to rankle even after the conclusion of the election. The winning parties need to take those, stung by the humiliating drubbing, into confidence in order to avoid possible confrontation in the streets and the parliament. Respecting the existence and feelings of the opposition is a must to foster a democratic culture and making the democratic system inclusive, dynamic and functional. And Oli’s commitment to working together with the opposition bodes well for the welfare of the nation and consolidation of the federal democratic system.
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