Political Stalemate

Despite such flexibility, it is unlikely to see a breakthrough in ending the political deadlock and blockade shortly.

Jan. 22, 2016, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol:09,No 13 January 22, 2016 (Magh 8,2072)

Although political forces have taken several formal and informal moves, they are yet to agree on a final solution. Out of 11 demands posed by UDMF, the big three reportedly accepted 10. With several alternatives, the disagreement on provincial boundary is said to be closer to solution. Leaders of three big political parties agreed to address the demands through the amendment of the new constitution. Even leaders of Madheshi Front have already shown some flexibility. Despite such flexibility, it is unlikely to see a breakthrough in ending the political deadlock and blockade shortly. As the political leaders have taken time to find the political solution, the suffering of the common people has only gone up. With 13 hours of daily power-cut and scarcity of LPGs, the normal life of urban dwellers is hard hit. Scarcity of diesel has caused major development projects, including construction of major infrastructures, highways, roads, airports and earthquake reconstruction works, to suffer. At a time when the country has been facing a number of humanitarian problems, we have decided to make the prolonged power-cut as our cover story. We have also covered the earthquake reconstruction as another lead story. Similarly, we analyze the implications of small irrigation project in transforming rural lives in Solukhumbu District.

 

 

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