August 14, 2022, Sunday
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Is UML exercising Oligarchy ?

The Nepal Weekly
November 30, 2021

The term “Oligarchy” is defined by Oxford dictionary as “a form of government in which only a small group of people hold all the power. Similarly, another word “Oligopoly” is an economic term, which means, as per the definition given by Oxford dictionary, “a market in which there are only a few companies producing or selling a product or service.” Both of these terms indicate a monopolistic situation in politics and economy. The way former Prime Minister and UML president K.P. Sharma Oli manipulated things during the 10th General Convention of the CPN-UML in Chitwan this time reminds us of the two terms.

At the end of the two-day convention party president Oli, in the name of consensus, prepared a list of would be officer bearers of the party as well as standing committee members, which is supposed to get endorsed by clapping hands by the general convention members. No one was supposed to raise voice against Oli’s move or oppose his style of working. However, two brave leaders of the party Bhim Rawal and Ghanashyam Bhushal finally taking risk displayed courage by contesting elections for the posts of party president and vice-president.

Oli allowed them to contest the election after repeated requests made to him. Earlier, Oli wanted to rule the party for another five years being elected to the top post on the basis of consensus. Oli, however, did not succeed to become President through consensus as two of his opponents were stick to their demand to face defeat in the general convention. “We should be allowed to be defeated in the general convention,” Bhushal said in one of his statements. Oli had manipulated from the ward level election to the regional and provincial level elections of the party to secure majority support in the party.

Nepali Congress youth leader Gagan Thapa has termed the UML gathering as “Olibeshion,” instead of “Adhibeshan.” Oli’s working style both in government and party has invited severe from his opponents both within and outside the party . Oli’s style of politics may be termed as Olitics and the politburo he would form soon may be termed as Olitburo by political observers. Thanks to the Supreme Court decision, that reinstated the Parliament Oli dissolved twice, as K.P. Oli’s Oligarchy was only confined to his party and not to the entire nation.