by PRAVAT J GURUNG
Parliament is finally in session after five months of obstruction from the Unified CPN (Maoist) over the President's allegedly unconstitutional move and civilian supremacy. The central committee meeting of the UCPN (Maoist) decided to allow parliament to run – for just three days – to pass the budget. Ministries and government officials have been running low on funds and this decision by the opposition party has come as a relief to the Madhav Nepal-led government. But the UCPN (Maoist) have also declared a fresh stir for 'civilian supremacy' including publicity campaigns, protest rallies and sit-in programs, culminating in a three-day general strike next month.
Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala, on the other hand, came back after a week-long medical check-up in Singapore. Koirala, who has been suffering from chronic respiratory diseases and is troubled by recurrent pneumonia, had left for Singapore on 14 November. He had hired an air ambulance to fly to Singapore along with daughter and Deputy Prime Minister Sujata Koirala and a team of Nepali doctors. The government of Nepal has provided 2 crores for GP Koirala's medical treatment. As soon as he came back, PM Nepal visited the NC leader and according to Raghu Pant, the PM's political advisor, Koirala reiterated his stance that the current government should stay on until the constitution is written. UCPN Maoist Chairman, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, had also gone to Singapore to discuss the current political deadlock with GP Koirala. He met Koirala again upon the latter's return to Kathmandu. Word had it that ex-PM Koirala also met with ex-crown prince Paras Shah, who resides in Singapore, but the rumour was refuted.
Disclaimer: This column is an update on political happenings and does not represent the views of either the writer or WAVE Magazine.
1. surenzz, pkr
when r these political worms goin to stop suckin the national treasure,if they r ill its their responsibility to check them up not the nation's . if those money were put in some economic works then people would b more happy n satisfied
Posted on: 11 DEC 2009 | 12:37 AM NST | Report Abuse
2. vivek, email@example.com
shame on us for being ruled by people like this. mentally ill and uncivilized.
Posted on: 20 DEC 2009 | 11:16 AM NST | Report Abuse