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Repeating same mistakes, hoping for different result

world Updated: May 24, 2012 00:25 IST
Utpal Parashar
Utpal Parashar
Hindustan Times
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Sometimes things can take a turn for the worse in days. Just when it seemed the much-awaited constitution would get delivered on time, Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai sprung a surprise on Nepalis by prolonging the pain for another three months.

The decision to extend tenure of the constituent assembly one more time was taken by the major parties and later endorsed by the cabinet on Tuesday. A bill has been registered to amend the interim constitution again to allow the extension.

But seven days ago, the scenario was different. Things looked bright when Maoists, Nepali Congress, Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) and Madhesi parties forged consensus on federalism and forms of government.

They agreed on restructuring the country into 11 states and it was decided that a federal commission will fix their boundaries while their names will be finalised by the federal assemblies.

However, the euphoria soon evaporated when various groups started violent protests and strikes demanding incorporation of ethnicity-based states in the new statute. Surprisingly, the Maoist leadership too added fuel to the fire.

As conspiracy theories did the rounds, Bhattarai put security agencies and Nepal Army on high alert to foil designs that could affect promulgation of the new statute within the May 27 deadline.

A day later, he forwarded the proposal to extend the CA tenure one more time. Once the bill is passed and the interim constitution amended, it would become the fifth extension of the CA - set up in 2008 for just two years.

Unhappy with the surprise that challenges a Supreme Court order preventing further extensions, NC and CPN (UML), who gave grudging approval to the Tuesday agreement, have expressed reservations against the move and are opposing it.

Repeating the same mistakes and expecting a different result seems to have become a habit with Nepali leaders.