Vice President Ram Chandra Poudel made interesting observations in Kathmandu, October 1, 2012.
“The 40 Point demands submitted by Baburam Bhattarai could not be fulfilled by the then Nepali Congress government. Thus the Maoists entered into jungles. The Nepal Communist-Party Maoist is preparing for a movement forwarding exactly the same demands. Why is the same Baburam preparing to suppress those demands now”, asks perplexed Poudel and adds, “Why did the Maoists kill thousands of civilians in the name of the so-called peoples’ revolt?”
Logical question indeed. Poudel is gaining intellect these days.
“On the one hand, the Maoists in Nepal threaten to wage a war against India on the other they clandestinely arrive at a deal with India,” says Poudel and continues, “This is the height of hypocrisy.”
Has Nepal Communist Party-Maoist too reached similar deal with India, question critics.
“There is no option than unity between democratic forces to confront the undemocratic forces of the sort of Maoists.”
At another plane a frustrated looking Poudel further said, “Better for political leaders to handover everything to the President and take permanent rest from politics if they are not to provide any solution to the present deadlock.”
“The political leaders cannot continue to linger process of consensus. They have no right to push the country towards becoming a failed state. Rather, they should surrender everything to the president and retire from politics.”
Thanks frustrated Poudel did not suggest power handover to former King Gyanendra.
Poudel’s outburst directly aimed against Maoists and softly (out of fear) against India does indicate that things have begun moving in the right direction in the Nepali Congress, critics conclude.
The Nepali Congress used to be considered a highly pro-Indian political party of Nepal.
Now the equation appears to have changed with the advent of JNU graduate Bhattarai.