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'Trust deficit in Nepal's political play'

Former Nepal PM says lack of trust and conviction among members of Nepal's ruling coalition is the biggest threat to the nation's political future, reports Anirban Roy.

world Updated: Oct 03, 2007 21:17 IST
Anirban Roy

Lack of trust and conviction among members of Nepal's ruling coalition is the biggest threat to the Himalayan nation's political future, former prime minister Lokendra Bahadur Chand has said.



Sixty seven year-old Chand, who served as Nepal's PM four times, told the

Hindustan Times

on Wednesday that the growing incidents of distrust among the coalition partners have now pushed the insurgency-ravaged nation to political uncertainty.



The Maoists wriggled out of the government on September 18 and have put forth two major demands — declaration of a republic and use of proportional representation in the Constituent Assembly election.



It also threatened to boycott the election process. While the countdown for the November 22 Constituent Assembly election has already started, the political scene is replete with uncertainty.



The Election Commission had to extend dates for filing of nominations.



"It (political uncertainty) is definitely not good for the country," the former PM said, adding that veteran leader Girija Prasad Koirala should have played a stronger and pro-active role in maintaining the bonhomie within the coalition.



"His (Koirala's) political autocracy during the last one year has made the political theatre more convoluted," the former PM said, adding that Koirala never bothered to discuss important issues with senior political leaders of the country.



Koirala's rule during the last 17 months had negatively hit Nepal's economy as inflation was soaring and there had been a sharp decline in exports, Chand claimed. The former prime minister said it was unfortunate that because of the government's wrong policies, violent movements for right to self-determination gained momentum in Terai and other parts of Nepal.



"We cannot allow the country to disintegrate on ethnic lines, it can be dangerous for a tiny country like Nepal," Chand said, adding that the country has just come out of a decade-long blood-spattered insurgency, which killed 13,000 people. There was, he added, the need for "national consensus" on key political issues to bail Nepal out from its current crisis.