The rumor spread like a wild fire all over the country which created a sort of panic among the country men.
The general question had been that “what next”? And “who would be the most suitable candidate for the Prime Ministership of the country after Koirala?
Thanks that the ill-intentioned rumors subsided after some one from inside the Prime Minister’s official residence made it known that the Prime Minister was very much “kicking and alive” and that he has been discharging his official duties as usual.
The fact is that the Prime Minister is ailing and at times he is being described as to have been bed-ridden. What is also true is that his health conditions are not that sound which could be termed as to be “excellent”.
But then yet spreading of such baseless and fabricated rumors did draw the attention of the general lay men all over the country who in an indirect manner expressed their anxiety over the fact as to who could steer the country in fluid state if Koirala remained no longer?
This meant that the lay men and the intellectuals alike expressed their complete faith on the capabilities of Prime Minister Koirala. Its corollary would be that the population concluded that it would be Koirala and Koirala alone who could steer the country smoothly by being in the driving seat which further meant that the lay men apparently see none in the political sector who could be a match to Koirala.
So this speaks of Koirala’s political acumen with which he is confronting different “extremes” and keeping them all in good stead.
While such untamed tittle-tattle were in currency in the market against the prime minister, the ailing Prime Minister was almost the same time was reportedly been busy in “chiding” the top-hats of the Maoists-Prachanda and Dr. Bhattarai- through the use of strong words.
Insiders of the congress and those who are also supposed to be very close to the Prime Minister say that they could see Koirala fuming over the undemocratic acts of the Maoists in the recent days and weeks.
The Maoists in turn remained “spell-bound” and could not utter even a single word. Koirala made several attempts wherein he made it known to the rebel leaders that if any thing went wrong in the country or if the holding of the CA polls will get delayed, the sole blame would go to them and their party’s undemocratic activities and erratic utterances.
In effect, the rebel leaders had gone to see Koirala with two pleas: the first one being formation of the interim government with their participation at the earliest; and the second one pertaining to finding a way out on how to penalize the King for his undemocratic expressions that he made on the eve of the democracy day.
Listening to these proposals, the Prime Minister thundered.
Look what he said to the Maoists leaders Prachanda and Dr. Bhattarai.
“What you have thought of yourselves?
“You have been spreading entirely baseless and groundless rumors that you are vulnerable to threats”?
The same source further says that this was not all. According to him, Prime Minister Koirala forced the Maoists top-hats to gulp some more bitter pills. The rebel leaders had no option other than to listen to the threat loaded expressions made by their host.
Look what Koirala said to them after a few minutes of silence.
“If you pose to be more smart than what is your actual size, then rest assured I will manage your safe return by helicopter to the same place where you were in effect prior to coming to Kathmandu”.
Listening to what the Prime Minister had for them the two top-hats felt that the earth under their feet was some what shaking but then yet they managed their political composer and posture.
Analysts say that the Prime Minister made all these harsh comments against the Maoists leaders taking into account of so many events that have had irritated Koirala.
Reports say that Koirala firstly, was not happy with the Maoists continuing acts of intimidation and terror in the country side. Secondly, he was also not happy with the Maoists exhibiting their guns at their mass gatherings which Koirala concluded that this was an act that went against the previous agreements signed in between the state and the Maoists.
Thirdly, Koirala became really upset when he learnt from his advisors that one Maoist MP entered into the parliament premised equipped with a weapon.
Fourthly, Koirala got pretty annoyed when he again learnt that the numbers of the arms that the rebels deposited to the UN team were lesser to what it was supposed to have been.
Fifthly, when Koirala was hinted by the Military men that the Maoists might have stored a sizeable chunk of their sophisticated guns in some secret places to face “emergency” situation, the chief of the executive got the point and hence could have lambasted at the Maoists to express his reservations that he too was not convinced with the number of weapons that the Maoists deposited to the UN team recently. The
Sixthly, Koirala’s meeting with some powerful Ambassadors in the mean time and their secret information provided to him as regards the Maoists activities or say possible hidden designs against the state too appears to have made Koirala restive and hence the thundering voice.
The Ambassadors appear to have informed Koirala to remain ever cautious of the Maoists moves!
Finally, Koirala also appears not to have taken the Maoists plea to find schemes in order to tame the King. Though Koirala made no comments as regards the King but his party members of late have been voicing that the NC as a party has no any scheme that forces the party to embrace the republican line as is being pushed by the Maoists.
All put together, Koirala chided the Maoists top-hats as if they were his school students. The Maoists though not his students, listened to what Koirala said to them like good and obedient boys.
Does not this mean that since Koirala has already searched the pulse beat and the nerves of the Maoists and thus the thundering?
The Maoists too apparently conclude that since Koirala knows them better than themselves and so it would be desirable and logical not to offend Girija Prasad who in effect brought them from
(With some inputs from Dristi weekly dated 4th March-ed)