Fresh political deal alone can bail out Koirala now

Kathmandu, November 7:

The latest tussle between Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and the Left following the split in the parliament can be expected to be defused only if the two reach a deal before the winter session gets underway on November 19.

The situation is such that even NC leaders have said that any failure to strike a fresh political deal could throw up constitutional crisis during the winter session in which the prime minister will be left to move constitutional amendment proposals which he did not back during the special session. “The crisis so far is only of a political nature. This demands a political deal between the contending forces. It appears that the Prime Minister will try to do the same before the session begins,” said NC leader Narahari Acharya, adding that the crisis will worsen into a constitutional one if it is not defused along the political line.

He said an early political deal will avoid the worst constitutional crisis Nepal has ever seen.

However, Koirala could also be expected to tide over the crisis on relatively easier terms in the light of the interpretation that parliamentary directives for early republic and an all-out proportional system for CA polls are not mandatory. However this will still depend on to what extent the Maoists and UML leadership whip up the issue.

Meanwhile Daman Nath Dhungana, who was the Speaker of the House of Representatives after the 1991 elections, said, “It is quite plain now. The directives have come and the government is expected to do what has been said.”

Dhungana however declined comment on the ensuing crisis if the proposals are defeated. “I will not comment on what is still a hypothetical proposition.”

CPN-UML chief whip Mahendra Pandey meanwhile said that there was no alternative other than to go with the directives. However he noted that everything will be sorted out in decent manner before the session begins. “None of us are in favour of embarrassing anyone. Our efforts begin tomorrow and a deal is the only way out,” Pandey said.