February 5, 2023, Sunday
Nepal 1:37:26 pm

Now for youths in politics

The Nepal Weekly
November 29, 2022

By TNW correspondent

The much needed opening for youths in political leadership is now available in Nepali politics thanks to the mandate of people expressed in General Election 2022. If the message is taken positively, the country will witness a comfortable transfer of political leadership from old guards to new generation.

Senior politicos and media analysts, interpreting the result of the recent poll, made the remarks the other day in Kathmandu. They cautioned “if old guards could not take the message that way and understood it as yet another go ahead for five years for them, the transfer of leadership will encounter bumpy road.”

“Retire in honour and be happy all life over your contribution to politics,” is what voters silently told PM Deuba, former premiers – Oli, Prachanda, Nepal – Paudyal and KC as they enabled them to win.

“The political course and the dirty tricks you chose in the past five years for power and personal interest and your non-performance were wrong and therefore cannot be endorsed,” they clarified as they compelled their hand-picked candidates and party lose a lot as compared to the past.

The presence of rather new Rastriya Swatantra Party in parliament as the fourth party following Nepali Congress, CPN UML and the Maoist Centre will serve as constant motivator for new generation youths in traditionally organized and seasoned parties to press for change in leadership. Old guards will no more be able to block opportunities for youths in their parties.

The same will be instrumental in making Nepali politics different from what it was in the past five years, noted a media analyst. “If this did not happen, the old guard politics and that of old parties will be at risk in future.”

Although RSP parliamentarians are not known for their politics, people expect more from them particularly in matters of value-based politics and service oriented political policy.”They should know that they have got a great opportunity for good performance, decent and service-focused politics.”

As the RSP-leaders begin functioning in parliament and as they work out their political philosophy, mission and principles, policies, and organizational modality people will begin to see whether they have the capacity to emerge and serve as a reliable alternative force in Nepali politics or not. “They have to be double careful from now on as they perform and play role in parliament and politics,” noted a senior politician of Kathmandu.