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All in one A national unity government could be helpful in reconstruction and rehabilitation, along with the promulgation of a constitution
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National unity government could be helpful in reconstruction and rehabilitation, along with the promulgation of a constitution
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Bhaṭṭarāī, Kamaladeva ( Author, Primary )
Bhattarai, Kamal Dev ( contributor )
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20070101 - 20150525
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एशिया -- नेपाल
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A national unity government could be helpful in reconstruction and rehabilitation, along with the promulgation of a constitution

- KAMA.LDEV BHATTAHAI lyprintedition/author/kamal+dev+bhattarai}
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May 25, 2 015-After the promulgation of the Interim
Constitution in 2007, the Seven Party Alliance and the
then CPN (Maoist) formed a national uuity government.
The central message then was that the major parties
should work together to complete historic tasks. Thus,
the then government, led by the late Girija Prasad
Koirala and the Nepali Congress (NC), completed two
historic tasks—holding the first Constituent Assembly
(CA) elections and establishing Nepal as a republican
country by overthrowing the monarchy. At this stage of
national politics, power sharing became a key
component of Nepal's ongoing peace and constitution-
drafting process.

A history of governments

After the CA election results, the Interim Constitution
was amended to pave the way for the formation of a
majority government. UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa
Kamal Dahal formed a majority government, forging an
alliance with the CPN-UML, while the Nepali Congress
(NC) stayed in opposition. This and other governments formed after 2008 failed in their stated missions and goals. The parties that remained in opposition
remained non-cooperative and rigid, which made it hard to forge consensus on disputed issues. Attempts made to forge a national unity government after
2008 have also been futile. One reason for this is the absence of a towering personality like Girija Prasad Koirala.

Koirala worked as a national leader instead of just as the president of the NC. He did not seem to care much for the fete of his party or his own political career.
He believed that unity, consensus, and cooperation were the vital forces of the country. So, even the then rebel forces were willing to work with Koirala. After
the CA election, Prachanda got an extraordinary opportunity to lead government and complete the peace and constitution process. What happened next is
well-known and Prachanda himself has publicly admitting that he lost a historic opportunity.

Similarly, the 2009 government led by Madhav Kumar Nepal was primarily formed to oppose the UCPN (Maoist), peace and constitution being its secondary
goal. But this government managed to make some progress in the peace process, such as bringing the Maoist rebels under the Special Committee. Still, since
the Maoists, the largest party with 240 seats in the House, were in opposition, there wasn't much hopes for the Nepal-led government.

More governments followed, including one led by Jhala Nath Khanal that did do much for the constitution process. The Baburam Bhattarai-led government
completed the integration and rehabilitation of Maoist combatants, which was one of primary sticking points of the peace process. But it did not make any
progress on statute drafting. The NC and UML cooperated with the Bhattarai-led government in army integration as they understood that this process could
not be completed under their leadership.

In the fray

After the April 25 Great Earthquake, talk of a national unity government has once come to the forefront of national politics. All party leaders seem to share the
view that only a national unity government will be able to tackle the current crisis and it would also facilitate the constitution-drafting process. But, a national
unity government has not been floated with a genuine intention of seeing the country through current difficult times. In the name of a national crisis, some top
leaders either want to ascend to power or cement their current positions.

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and his loyalists want to transform the incumbent Cabinet into a unity government by bringing the opposition parties on board.
PM Koirala is asking the opposition's UCPN (Maoist) and Madhes-based parties to join his government, stating that all parties should work tog ether for
recovery and reconstruction in the aftermath of the quake. The PM believes that the UCPN (Maoist) and some Madhes-based parties might join his
government to complete the constitution-drafting process. And in that case, the constitution will be promulgated under this unity government.

Currently, Sher Bahadur Deuba, Madhav Kumar Nepal, Baburam Bhattarai, and KP Oli are in fray to lead the national unity government. Deuba believes that
as current PM Koirala has failed to provide the strong leadership required for the country, he is an appropriate candidate to lead a national unity government.
He also believes that he deserves the position as second-in-command of the largest party.

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On the other hand, Madhav Nepal believes that since there will be wrangling insde the NC over a candidate and the UCPN (Maoist) will not support KP Oli, he
is the only viable candidate. Oli, for his part, believes that it is his turn at the rudder, as Chairman and Parliamentary Party leader of the UML, the second
largest party in the CA. Maoist leader Bhattarai believes that as there will be a tussle between the first and second largest parties, he might get the chance to
lead the national unity government. Bhattarai has also projected himself as the visionary leader required to undertake massive reconstruction tasks.

First, a plan

A national unity government could greatly contribute to reconstruction and rehabilitation, along with the constitution. But before the formation of such a
government, there is a need for agreement among the parties on contentious issues of the new constitution, and a solid plan for reconstruction and
rehabilitation, including a strong mechanism to implement those plans. If there is agreement among the NC, UML, UCPN (Maoist), and Madhes-based parties,
a national unity government is required to implement the plans.

The formation of a national unity government, however, is a tough task for now if it means a change in government leadership. The Koirala faction of the NC
holds a clear position that the incumbent government should be transformed into a national unity government until the promulgation of a new constitution.
The UCPN (Maoist) too seems ready to join the incumbent government, abandoning its position of not joining government until the promulgation of a new
constitution.

If the parties are genuinely interested in forming a national unity government, there needs to be a package deal on the leadership of this government, along
with the contents of the new constitution, and solid action plan for the reconstruction. Top leaders who want to lead the national unity government must
themselves come up with a clear roadmap on the aforementioned issues. What the country needs right now is a government led by a visionary and bold leader
who can accommodate all parties.

Bhattarai is with the political desk at the Post

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