Alliance aware of moves to split it

Damaru Lal Bhandari

Kathmandu, June 24:

The seven-party alliance may face a danger from insidious political moves made by the ruling establishment. A senior UML leader, Jhala Nath Khanal, said such “insidious moves” were nothing new. He said the alliance was vulnerable to conspiratorial moves, with the latest offer of an all-party government being a ploy to “divide and rule” while the alliance bays for revival of the House of Representatives. “Conspiring for power has been a part and parcel of our history. Yes, we are facing challenges now too,” Khanal said, adding that the alliance could come out successful if “we make it a point to go by a code of conduct and speak responsibly.” He expressed resentment at the remark attributed to CPN-UML General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal, that the alliance does not want revival of parliament under

Article 127.

“We must not speak out of turn. Issues must be debated before speaking in public. It will be better if we can stick to code of conduct and thus rule out misunderstanding,” Khanal said conceding that what Nepal said was politically misleading. However, Chakra Prasad Bastola said: “We need not be told about conspiracies. While we know much of it by smell, NC (D) and CPN-UML have tasted what going with the king means.” He expressed satisfaction that “they have learned.” While Khanal did not resent the role played by US and other countries, Bastola lamented the “half-hearted” approach shown by the US. Bastola claimed that the ruling establishment could not hope to gain from the game in “which there are concerted bids to bring about polarisation in bigger parties.” He said this while reacting on a comment that the ruling establishment has been trying to cause ideological and political differences in the alliance which could lead to the seven-party front’s eventual disintegration.