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Meetings and conferences of major parties: Power is at the center, not the people's issue

In the meeting of Congress and Maoists, the issue of people's livelihood and government instability were not prioritized, the main opposition UML also accused of bargaining with the government.
Due to the centralization of power by the main leaders, the issues of common citizens, farmers and students have not been prioritized, the opposition, which should bring the power on track, is also unable to show honesty: Tulnarayan Shah, Analyst

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Milk producers all over the country are in trouble as they have not been able to get the amount of about 7 billion for the past four months. The victims of meter-bagging and microfinance are protesting on the streets of the capital. Economic laxity, migration of young people abroad is worrying. The death rate of Nepalis in the war between Russia and Ukraine is increasing.

Meetings and conferences of major parties: Power is at the center, not the people's issue

Questions have started to arise from the house and the streets about the federal structure itself. The Chief Ministers are accused of not being able to work because the union did not give them the right. However, these issues of people's livelihood could not be prioritized in the recently held meeting of major parties.

In the general committee meeting of the Congress held last Thursday, the issue of whether to form an alliance in the upcoming elections overshadowed the general issue of the citizens. The issues of public livelihood and government corruption were not prioritized.

The legislative session of the Maoists that lasted from February 1st to 3rd also focused on internal organizational management and leadership development. The Maoists, led by the government, could not show sympathy for the issues that were being raised in the streets and in the House in the forum of their party.

Maoist leader Narayankaji Shrestha, who is also the government's deputy prime minister and home minister, admits that no other questions were raised because the conference was focused on the legislative issue. We have raised issues of public interest from the government and the party. We have already decided to run a special campaign in the East-West and North-South in a few days. As a party led by the government, we are serious about the daily concerns raised by the people," he said.

Congress is not only the main component of power, but also the largest party in Parliament. All the issues of the society did not come to the surface in the General Committee of the Congress, which has a role to take more responsibility than others. There was a demand that the Congress should take a concrete decision in favor of good governance and against corruption to instill some hope in the citizens. Activists have been complaining on the streets saying that the General Committee has not become dynamic in that direction as well. General Minister Gagan Thapa's important proposal that no alliance should be made in the election and one person cannot be President once, Prime Minister twice, Minister three times and Member of Parliament more than four times has been passed by the General Committee. However, it has not been finalized yet. Since it is said that the suggestions raised by the general committee will be finalized, the central working committee meeting that will be held now is curious about what kind of policy will be taken in this regard.

'But more than all these things, we are concerned with the problem of meter-baggers and microfinance victims who are protesting barefoot on the streets of Kathmandu by walking painfully, government delivery, co-operative fraud, economic relaxation, increasing the morale of industrialists, stopping the migration of Nepali youth abroad by increasing employment and corruption. An important policy and behavior in the direction of reduction was necessary, Congress has failed in that direction,' said a party official, 'The message has been sent that Congress has done nothing for the common people's livelihood by increasing the importance of its compatibility for power and strength. Which is unfortunate.'

The main opposition UML is also depressed on the issue of public livelihood. The main opposition UML, which is supposed to hold the government accountable, is sometimes accused of bargaining with the government. The full meeting of UML Central Committee held from 8th to 10th of February took something important in the matter of good governance and people's livelihood. However, some leaders of their own party express their dissatisfaction in the closed room saying that there are contradictions in the policies and behavior taken by the leadership. They say that the opposition wing of UML has weakened due to the leadership's silence in dealing with power and major corruption scandals. However, its leaders have time and again failed to play the role of being the true guardians of power while challenging the leadership. On the contrary, there is an understanding among some that the leadership has made all the weapons of the opposition a weapon to break the alliance and gain power.

Dhan Bahadur Chhetri, professor of political science at Prithvi Narayan Campus in Pokhara, says that now the life of political parties in the country is dead and the parties have started running according to the personal interests of one person, so there is no place to hope for more. He believes that not only the Congress, but also the UML and the Maoist Center are run by the influence of individuals. UML and Maoists became communist parties. Democratic centralism is the philosophy of communists. Therefore, it is not new that the Communist Party is run by one person," he said, "However, such a trend is continuing in the Congress as well. The parties brought a new system by throwing away the Rana rule, panchayat and kingship, but in running the government, they nurtured, suppressed and continued the feudal tendencies of the Rana period. This trend is also seen in the current leadership.

especially the government is run by a seven-party coalition However, the second level leaders say that the entire state power of the country is run by a 'syndicate' of three leaders of three parties. Congress president Sher Bahadur Deuba, who is around 80 years old, is on the role of Prime Minister for the sixth time. On the other hand, Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who has reached the age of 70 years and is leading the government for a two-year term, is said to be debating whether he will step down from power after one year as per the agreement or remain in the leadership of the government. There have been accusations that the main opposition UML President Oli, who has reached the age of 72, is constantly trying to destroy the ruling coalition.

These three leaders, who are in the latter part of their lives, are in the race to reach power before 084. Deuba wants to take power by fooling Dahal and Oli by breaking the alliance. "The common interest of all three people is power," said an official of the UML, "we are also accused of bargaining on the issues of society and common people's livelihood by engaging in power transactions." It is said that the opposition front is weak. If we don't refute this allegation, our situation will not look good.' He said that UML is the party that raises the most questions and voices in favor of good governance and people's livelihood. He has not ignored the problems of meter-busting, microfinance and farmers. Most of these issues are being raised by UML in Parliament. Sometimes good governance and sometimes the issue of people's livelihood comes first,' says Giri, 'but since the Prime Minister calls a meeting for one discussion and the Secretariat gives another message, it is trying to make some perception of UML negative.' They have drawn policies and strategies. When interests conflict, sometimes other issues come out. A Congress leader says, "The Congress leadership has only seen the shadow of power now. Beyond that, the voices of the society and the common citizens are not being heard, which seems to increase the chaos and misrule.'

Congress General Minister Thapa has been constantly challenging Speaker Deuba in favor of party transformation and social issues. Thapa also contested for the leadership of the parliamentary party, looking for an alternative to Deuba. Even after being defeated from there, he kept the option of leadership open. However, he does not have a decisive position in the party structure. Which has made it easy for Deuba to raise his policy. Dahal in Maoist and Oli in UML have no leader who can challenge as much as Thapa. They are in a comfortable position in their party.

According to another leader of the Congress, there is pressure to change ministers who are stained and unable to work within the party. Prime Minister Dahal is insisting on reorganization in the cabinet. Congress President Deuba is not accepting that. He is afraid that the arithmetic of the parliamentary party will go down when the minister is changed within the party. Deuba is silent even when the issue of the resignation of incumbent Health Minister Mohan Bahadur Basnet, accused in the Teramox case, is raised. Basnet waved the minister's flag and went to the Abuse of Authority Investigation Commission to give a statement. The United Samajwadi Party has come out to save Physical Infrastructure and Transport Minister Prakash Jwala, who was found guilty by the Commission's report in the Bal Kumari incident. There has been a clamor from Parliament and the streets demanding his resignation over the manipulation of Tourism, Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Sudan Kirati to lease the Ramgram Stupa of Lumbini to a private company. However, the Prime Minister is undecided about Kirati, who is a minister from the Maoists. According to

analyst Tul Narayan Shah, there were three main agendas in the country in the new political environment after the 062/063 mass movement. Bringing the peace process to a conclusion, creating a constitution and running the government. The constitution was promulgated on October 3, 1972. The main issue in the peace process was also resolved. Some subjects are left. That too has become the priority of the Maoists only. Shah says that after the 2074 election, the main agenda of the political parties could not be other than power. In terms of age, Deuba's position may decline after four years, but Dahal in the Maoists and Oli in the UML may remain in the center of power even after 084, he said.

There is an understanding that the three presidents are behind the issues of people's livelihood and society even though there are few challenges within the party. "When the power is concentrated in the main leaders, the issues of common people, farmers and students are not prioritized," says Shah, "The opposition has to bring the power on the 'track'." Had to be tough for that. But the opposition also did not seem to be able to show sincerity. The alternative party is also seen as having no issue.'

Joint General Minister of Congress Jeevan Pariyar admits that the meeting of the General Committee was overshadowed by political issues and the Congress could not focus primarily on social issues. After the constitution was promulgated, we should have emphasized social, cultural and economic issues. Economic matters are now in a relaxed state. If we look at social issues, there is extreme dissatisfaction with the parties. Not only Congress, other parties are also unable to raise social issues. In that, the activity may have decreased at our level as well,'' he says.

Professor Chhetri says that only if three leaders can be given a choice in the 1984 election, hope will rise among the common people. Otherwise, nothing will happen, until this happens, the party is just like a box asking for votes. There is no such thing as living and life. He made a great contribution to change the system in the past. However, his ruling style was feudal like that of the Rana period. Those who have problems remain there. Slogans and behavior were different. At least I don't expect a change from the leader of this age.

Giri, the chief whip of the UML parliamentary party, argues that the UML is trying to destroy the alliance because it is worried that the current alliance will not only pile up all the chaos but also end the state system. While saying that government change is necessary, UML is not oblivious to the issues of good governance, social issues and citizens. Keeping this in the center, we are raising our voice," he said.

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