The country has been passing through a very serious crisis. Due to the irresponsibility of political leaders, the country’s identity and nationalism are under a severe threat. This is time for us to think about the preservation of the country rather than writing the constitution and completing the integration process. After removal of monarchy and proclamation of federalism, the country is heading towards ethnic divisions. The divisive trends continue to rule the country. In the present context of uncertainty looming at the horizons, all Nepalese need to unite for the cause of the nation and nationalism. RPP-Nepal has been warning of this over the last years, but nobody paid heed.
Given the present political scenario, it is almost certain now that it is impossible to promulgate the new constitution by May 27. As per the verdict of the Supreme Court, the doors to extension of tenure of Constituent Assembly have already closed. Any move to extend the tenure of CA will be unconstitutional and unethical. We will oppose such a move. In this context, after the expiry of the tenure of Constituent Assembly, the country has few options left other than to go for a referendum on major issues Monarchy, Hindu Religion and Federalism. Only the decision taken through a referendum and direct opinion of the people can decide such important issues.
Whatever leaders of political parties have been saying, their actions have already shown that they are neither serious about peace nor constitution writing. If they could not write the constitution and conclude the peace process in the last four years, they cannot deliver the constitution in the remaining two months. The crisis is inevitable now and the remaining two months cannot deliver the constitution.
I don’t think the constitution can save the nation and no constitution can replace the nation. Now it is not the time to talk of the constitution, but instead we have to work to save the nation. The people should now concentrate their entire efforts on how to protect the nation and Nepal’s own identity. The coalition government led by Baburam Bhattarai is one of the most corrupt governments in the history of Nepal. From prime minister to minister, all of them are looting the country’s treasury. Maoist leadership even grabbed the money given to their cadres. Although it was withdrawn following a massive protest, Prime Minister Bhattarai has shown to what context. Since this government has already been proved as the most corrupt and irresponsible one, PM Bhattarai should tender his resignation at the earliest. Not only the people’s trust, PM Bhattarai is also losing his grounds inside his own party as his own party colleagues do not trust him. It is the weakest government formed ever in this country.
Monarchy has been shoved off temporarily. The geo-political, religious, cultural, and political background is still ideal for a monarchical rule. Nepal is going to face a major political crisis after May 27. Political parties have already looted the country and people are very frustrated with them. There is no alternative to a fresh referendum on the issues of reinstating Nepal as a Hindu nation and on the future of constitutional monarchy.
Thapa is a president of RPP-Nepal. Based on his media interaction.