Left Unity And Resurgence
Dr. Narad Bharadwaj
The momentum of post election process in Nepal is agonisingly slow. After the result of first- past-the-post (FPTP) part of the election was published, the Election Commission has been procrastinating in declaring the result of the proportional part of the election. This has raised doubts on the intention of the outgoing government and has vitiated the political ambience of the country. The left alliance consisting of CPN -UML and the CPN -MC has swept the polls in both the national and provincial assemblies. But the outgoing government of the Nepali Congress has been creating hurdles in the way of peaceful transfer of power insisting that it would quit the government only after the President authenticates the ordinance it has submitted to the Office of the President.
Against the accepted democratic norms of offering resignation after losing the election to make way for the winning alliance to step in, the Nepali Congress government is staying in power unabashedly by clutching at flimsy technical formalities which the previous legislative parliament had left unfulfilled. Having achieved an overwhelming mandate from the people, the left alliance has been demanding that the Nepali Congress should resign to make way for the left coalition to form the government. The inner homework has also started within the coalition regarding the power sharing and the organisational unification. The voters are impatiently waiting to see the formation of the left government. However, the so called democratic alliance consisting of the Nepali Congress, Federal Socialist Forum and the RJP have been singing a chorus that the President should first authenticate the ordinance lying on her table for considerable before the left coalition form the government.
The leaders of the left alliance consider that the formation of National Assembly, though an indispensable component of a bicameral parliament, is not a necessary for the formation of the government. The task of forming government rests with the House of Representatives. Once the results of the (FPTP) and proportional elections are published the government can be formed. The Nepali Congress government has been using the formation of National Assembly as a pretext for preventing the left alliance to come to power hoping to foment mistrust between the left coalitions so that another vicious cycle of unstable power equation can be started.
The seemingly smooth transfer of power to the victorious left alliance has been held in suspense giving rise to all sorts of speculations about growing differences within the left coalition. However, the stories about the burgeoning contradictions within the left alliance are unfounded. The latest round of meeting between UML chairperson KP Oli and CPN- Maoist Centre chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal held on Wednesday shows that there are no major differences between the two partners. The two largest left parties forming the historic left alliance appear not only committed to forming a stable government but are also eager to merge together in order to sort out an agenda of unifying the communist parties left unfinished by the history of the communist movement of Nepal.
The overwhelming response of the electorate in support of the left alliance has given a profound lesson to both the parties. The people have rewarded the left democratic forces with a two-third majority in the House of Representatives for their united stand. By doing so they have helped create a prospect of a stable elected government which is a prerequisite for leading the country to peace and prosperity.
The election has clearly revealed the strengths and weaknesses of both the leftist parties within the alliance. The two parties had gone to election with two important promises to the people. One was stability and prosperity and the other was the unification of the left movement. The spontaneous support which the people showed to the left alliance can also be understood as a pressure of the people to end perpetual divisiveness of the communist movement and solidify the centrifugal left organisations into a single force. This is the last opportunity the people have given to the left parties to prove themselves. They should think that the electoral victory is an opportunity for them to play a role in the fulfilment of the dream of the people for stability and prosperity.
The liberal democratic experiments of the past three decades have proved that Nepal cannot free itself from the cycle of poverty, instability and external subjugation under capitalist democracy. The political and economic crisis of the developed capitalist democracies have proved that Nepal’s economic, social and political woes will not end unless left democratic forces get united and take the leadership of national regeneration.
The division of votes between the UML and the MC in the three tiers of election has proved that the people have mandated the two parties to unify the communist movement as a precondition to establish their right to lead the country towards the advanced stage of development befitting the 21st Century. Today UML chairperson Oli and the MC chairperson Prachanda have become the icons of the unified left movement. People have placed a lot of confidence on them. The two leaders bear the great historical responsibility of leading the country from the present darkness to a bright future. It is time for them to demonstrate a capacity to look to the future and lead the people to stability and prosperity.
Nepal stands at a crossroads. There are internal and external enemies of the people weaving vicious plots to destroy its chance to stand as a sovereign, independent, stable and prosperous country in the community of the nations. These forces want to fulfill their vile objective by inciting elements of instability, fomenting differences among political forces, implementing their agenda through their proxies and applying external pressure.
This time, the people have shown a great maturity by giving a mandate to the left forces to complete the task of state restructuring and the implementation of the constitution. People have placed their trust on the left forces in despair of the poor performance of the Nepali congress on the stage of national politics. It is the turn of these two largest left parties to live up to the trust of the people.
Cutting a path
The two largest parties are on the verge of a great historical moment of giving Nepali nation a new direction by creating a force capable of tying the loose strands of national unification carried out by king Prithvi Narayan Shah two-and-a-half centuries ago. History often creates great personalities to lead an epoch making changes in a society. At present Nepali history has brought forward KP Oli and Prachanda as the leaders capable of cutting a path of progress for Nepal by taking it out of the whirlpool of instability. If they succeed in living up to the challenges that lie ahead of us, they will be idolized by the people as the great statesmen of the contemporary history of Nepal.