June 30, 2022, Thursday
Nepal 1:37:26 pm

Tackle political impasse now!

The Nepal Weekly
September 21, 2021


It is definitely not encouraging to see government in crisis because of incomplete shape of Council of Ministry and no legal power to spend money. It is equally disheartening to observe parliament as not being able to resume minimum normal deliberations due to disruption created by the opposition party CPN UML over issues with the Speaker. Both obstructions could have been avoided if Prime Minister Deuba and main opposition leader Oli had met, discussed and negotiated a way to avoid the present impasse. They would have looked more parliamentarian and political if they had pursued the path of talking. This would have augmented people’s trust on them besides making Nepalis feel proud of the democratic values on as great a day as the Aswin 3 national day – the seventh Constitution Day. They appear not getting much, politically at least, by not following the path of negotiation for allowing the government and parliament to function. Critics of the constitution, however, have got much out of the present political gridlock. They have found yet another evidence to indicate defects of the charter scripted by the Constituent Assembly. They have found one more argument for suggesting serious amendments to the highest law of the land. Actually the constitution has no role for the current deadlock in the parliament, government and crisis in all major political parties represented or non-represented in parliament. While there is room for amending provisions in the constitution as per the demand of time and people, the existing framework appears capable of functioning for the broad interest of the country and the people. The only requirement is: those who are in governance at the centre, province and local municipalities should be serious in and responsible for implementing the constitution in action. They should in no way seek to blame the constitution for camouflaging their inability to implement it. Had they been serious about the constitution, the country would have reaped benefits from the federal structure of governance particularly the decentralized structure of financing and administration. A number of municipalities – rural or urban – would have been more empowered in local governance and delivery of public services. The same would have boosted the public morale and confidence in democratic values. The celebration of the constitution on the seventh year of its promulgation would have been more positive and different in substance and show. Learning lessons from all these, it will be wise for all to try to make next constitution day celebration more constructive and productive politically, socially and economically.