NEW UPDATE (May 25, 2009/N. S. 1129 Tachhala 1)
Yen (Kathmandu), Nepal Mandala – Nepal’s Constituent Assembly (Special Parliament) unanimously elected CPN (UML) Senior Leader Madhav Kumar Nepal as the new Prime Minister of the country this afternoon. Except CPN (Maoist) and Nepali Janata Dal, 21 parties including the Nepal National Party (नेपाः राष्ट्रीय पार्टि) backed Nepal’s candidacy for the 3rd Communist premier in Nepal’s history after the restoration of Multi-party democracy in 1990.
Man of the Choice
Defeated from both constituents (Kathmandu 2 and his home town Rautahat 6) at the Constituent Assembly (CA) election held on April 10, 2008, Nepal resigned from the General Secretary of the CPN (UML), which he had held for the past 16 years. Withdrawn also from UML chairmanship contest in its last Convention, he was appointed Senior Leader of the party by the new CC led by Chairman Jhala Nath Khanal.
However, Nepal proved that he was the man of choice to become the new Prime Minister. He was nominated CA member on a voluntarily vacated seat by Sushil Chandra Amatya, a CA member nominated by the cabinet on the UML quota of five members (Pasang Sherpa, Sushil Chandra Amatya, Bhagawat Chaudhari, Mahesh Chaudhari, Shila Katil). Amatya, President of CoNep, a longtime trade union activist aligned to CPN (UML) and a member in the National Monitoring Committee – formed in May 2006 to implement the 12 point understanding reached between the SPA and the CPN (Maoist) on 26 May 2006 that led to peace process in Nepal – resigned, some reports says at his own will while other reports say at the decision of UML’s CC.
Whatever the truth may be, Amatya’s voluntary resignation from his CA seat paved the way for much-awaited position – Head of Constitution Drafting Committee – to be filled by an able statesman, Comrade Nepal, who made a remarkable contribution in forging alliance with the then rebel Maoists and agitating Seven Party Alliance (SPA) for ending a decade long conflict in a logical way. Thus, Madhav Kumar Nepal was appointed as the Chairman of Constitution Draft Committee and now the new prime minister of Nepal.
Salute to Amatya – Congratulations to Nepal
While paying a respectful salute to Sushil Chandra Amatya for his great abnegation, The Newah whole heartedly congratulates Nepal’s new PM Nepal all the best wishes for a very successful tenure of his office of the Prime Minister of Nepal (though short-time-left as the CA is mandated for only a 2 year term, of which former PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal has already run the government for 9 months) to write the Constitution for a new Nepal, a constitution for the good of all communities of the country to build a Fair Nepal, leading to a prosperous and peaceful Nepal.
A Good Job to be done
The Newah also cautions the new PM to be vigilant not to get attracted to petty interest of consolidating the party power at the expense of other supporters, including the Newah community [belonging to several political parties including Nepal National Party and CPN (UML) itself] that support him, but to engage in concentrating the sole job he is appointed for and during a specific term of office – to write the new Constitution, nothing else! A good job – including the gratitude to whom he owe, not something this mild-spoken leader needs to be reminded – done during his 11 month-left-term should bring him and his party (including his allies) back in power into a real term of office no sooner the new constitution is written. – Good luck, R.H. Nepal!
– The Newah
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