September 23, 2021, Thursday
Nepal 1:37:26 pm

Respect parliamentary etiquette!

The Nepal Weekly
August 25, 2021

Editorial |

Prime Minister Deuba has, in introducing an ordinance just a day after getting parliamentary session prorogued, invited criticism from all those who stand for high standards of parliamentary democracy. Had he sought not to bypass the parliament openly for such a sensitive provision with power to split political parties, his big coalition partners would have opposed him and made it difficult for him to lead the government. To save his position in Singha Durbar the PM chose to pursue the un-parliamentary way that his predecessor – former PM Oli – had followed some months ago in the context of his own political interest. Such act makes people frustrated over what leaders commit and act in Nepali politics in a very short period of time. Those who understand the compulsions of coalition government might consider sympathetically the way the ordinance was launched. They could also argue for more openness and more leeway for break-up of political parties. Leaders, after all, should feel free to organize their political parties in their own way particularly at a time when they find their meeting-point and understanding highly limited or closed. However, when viewed in long term perspective, making provisions for splitting political parties easily would not be in the interest of multi-party system. Strengthening political parties for the sake of institutionalizing them is a must in a democracy. The weak provisions of splitting the parties would not help this process. They would encourage leaders with high self-interest in politics to split the parties as per their whim and wishes disregarding completely the broad mission and noble pursuits of the political party. The public criticism against the ordinance this time reflects clearly what people actually expect from PM Deuba particularly in strengthening governance, parliament and political culture in the country at this time. If he could take note of the reflections and try to respond to them his governance in the next few months would be different and more valuable for Nepalis. The same would contribute to establishing some reliable stability in government and politics in future besides promoting much desired parliamentary manners in the country’s politics. The same is essential for not allowing the constitutional path to be weakened in the country.