A compromised PM appeases left-congress, ignores RPP, RSP

Kathmandu: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal (Prachanda) has said the government under his leadership will strive for social justice, good governance and prosperity of the country. Speaking at the House of Representatives (HoR) Tuesday, he said that the government would solicit wider support to these causes.

In a changed tone and promise to depart from the past politics, the Prime Minister said there would be no space for the politics of negation, disrespect to dissents and politics of vendetta and revenge.

Dahal admitted that he did not have any experience of governance when he became the Prime Minister for the first time in 2008, but with experiences in between, “I cannot afford to make any mistake during the third tenure”, Dahal said.

But Dahal’s discomfiture as a Prime Minister with the support of parties with contradictory agenda and background was visible. While he appropriated credits for the left and democratic forces for the development and other transformation such as the end of 104 years long Rana Regime to 12-Point Agreement, he left out the Monarchs including Mahendra for country’s development.  More significantly, he failed to acknowledge the support of the Rashtriya Prajantantra Party which is striving for restoration of Nepal’s status as a ‘Hindu Kingdom’.

He also seemed trying to balance relations with China and India as well as the west. While Indian media has projected Dahal and K P Oli as pro-China, Prachanda made it a point to highlight the 12-point agreement under mediation from India as the major factor for Nepal’s political transformation.

Pledging that he would work for national unity, he claimed that all the significant transformations so far in the country are the result of cooperation among democratic and leftist forces, mentioning from 104 years long Rana Regime to 12-Point Compressive Peace Agreement. He neither mentioned role of King Tribhuvan or that of any other king.

Dahal vowed to promote the rule of law discouraging the tendency of being privileged through the access and connection. And, echoed the need of having a national consensus so as to accomplish some of the remaining tasks of the peace process together with garnering a development budget worth Rs 6,000 billion.