Both India and China are likely to be watching the results of Thursday’s election closely.
The maoists alliance with the largest communist bloc was an indication of several consolidating trends in Nepali politics in recent years. What remains to be seen is its viability.
Recounting the Nepali Congress’s attempt to overthrow the Rana government.
The UML and Maoists have nationwide roots, and with the two now in an alliance, their combined organisational heft will be hard to match.
While many voters feel that the constitution must be amended eventually, they are excited to cast their ballots for local representatives for the first time since local governments were disbanded in 2002.
Some Madhesis continue to demand a constitutional amendment before participating in the polls, but in much of the rest of the country, there appears to be little solidarity with their cause.
The impeachment motion accused Sushila Karki of “interfering in the jurisdiction of the executive and failing to issue verdicts without being prejudiced”.
Siddharth Varadarajan and Baburam Bhattarai discuss the recent political developments in Nepal and India-Nepal relations.
New Delhi does not want to go beyond routine diplomatic phrasing, as it does not see a need to put the Nepali government under extra pressure.
Constant feuding between a myriad of political parties has fuelled political turmoil and weak governance in Nepal, delaying efforts to rebuild the country.
As a coalition headed by Prachanda takes charge, settling the remaining constitutional issues and resetting relations with India will be top priority.
The series of protests in Nepal’s southern plains can be traced back to the long fight for federalism, anger against state violence and the people’s struggle for fair representation.
The longer both sides don’t compromise on the Madhesh deadlock, the more the radicals’ hand will be strengthened.
India will continue to be affected by the spill-over of internal turbulence in Nepal. India’s challenge is also becoming more formidable with the emergence of China as an assertive competitor for greater economic and strategic space in the sensitive Himalayan region.
Simple amendments in the constitution can pave the way for meaningful dialogue and peaceful resolution of the conflict. Fresh elections after that can be an honourable way out of the political stasis. The onus lies upon the ruling regime.
A federal structure that fails to touch upon the core issues related to identity will not be acceptable.