Why nobody listens to the democrats
Maoist chief Prachanda, likely to be re-elected, has said the party will rule for at least 10 years. Naturally, the convention will give a call for fresh elections under either caretaker Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai or a “civil society” leader whose “neutrality” will be certified by Maoists. That will also mean continued confrontation with major parties like the Nepali Congress (NC) and the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) who have launched a “nationwide protest campaign” seeking Bhattarai’s ouster.
The NC and UML have lost ground by blindly following the Maoist agenda. They have been party to the collective failure to write the new constitution. Unless these two pro-democracy parties review their support to the Maoists in the past and take corrective action, they are unlikely to be regarded as more acceptable forces. That explains why the NC-UML protest is drawing thin crowds.
The Maoists know it
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