Former General Secretary of the Unified Marxist-Leninist (UML) Madhav Kumar Nepal, defeated in the Constituent Assembly poll held on 10 January 2008 in Kathmandu and his home district Rautahat, was lucky enough to become the Chairman of Constitutional Committee in the Constituent Assembly.
While the UML had been threatening to withdraw from the coalition government led by the Communist Party of Nepal (CPN-Maoist), Maoist leaders forwarded UML leader Nepal as the candidate for the post of the Chairman of the Constitutional Committee formed to draft the new constitution.
Analysts are puzzled over how a leader democratically rejected by the people has been forcefully brought forward.
Madhav Nepal, who remains almost four months in India and Europe every year, is believed to have been used for dividing Nepal’s working class forces.
Maoist leaders claim Madhav Nepal can be useful for the peace process. However, current UML General Secretary Jhalanath Khanal, who formed his combat force Youth Force, has called on his party cadres to continue confronting Maoists until they surrender totally.
Ordinary people have expressed disgust at people-unfriendly politics in Nepal. The election of the Constituent Assembly was held in April last year to choose representatives for drafting a new constitution.
People appear confused over why someone who served feudal monarchy and has been advocating for foreign interests has been made the chief of the constitution-making committee.