Re-affirming that Nepal’s power-mongering politicians have long been accepting Indian political intervention in the country, Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao has arrived in Kathmandu with a clearly stated purpose of representing the Indian role in forming a government in Nepal.
India has apparently sent her to make sure the Indian role would redouble in Nepal after the exit of the UN Mission to Nepal (UNMIN) from Nepal’s peace process monitoring and reporting role three days ago.
The visit is reported to have been concerned with quarrels among Nepali political parties and their intra-party feuds.
There is no elected government in Nepal though the Nepalis formed a Constituent Assembly through the elections held on 10 April 2008.
The constitution drafting mission as part of conflict management has been overshadowed after the presidential coup in May 2009.
Seventeen times of in-House elections for the post of prime minister became futile as the UML blocked the process of decisive voting while the NC prime ministerial candidate refused to withdraw his candidature showing the cause that Maoists did not surrender beyond the peace accord framework.
The Nepali Congress (NC) and the Unified Marxist-Leninist (UML) have so far refused to integrate the Maoist combatants into government security mechanisms though the Comprehensive Peace Accord signed between the state and the rebels in 2006 has this point of agreement. The NC and the UML have time and again asked Maoist rebels to surrender unconditionally accepting the status quo.
However, the rebels, elected as the largest political party in 2008 but jointly isolated by all the parties in Nepal, have warned with a possible people’s revolt if the new constitution concerning people’s change aspirations is not drafted and the peace process derails.
While dubious interpretations of the peace accord surround the political market in Nepal, Maoists have accused India of supplying to Nepali establishments arms and war accessories.