Wednesday’s light drizzle cooled off Kathmandu’s sweltering weather. However, the political environment was suddenly heated up with the UCPN (Maoist) deciding to form a new government under the leadership of its Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’.
What made the UCPN (Maoist), a major ally of the current KP Sharma Oli-led government, take a U turn?
A highly placed source claims that it’s India.
According to the source, India was never in favor of continuing the Oli-led government and was waiting for the right time to strike against it. “The roadmap for the new government was designed after Dahal was taken into confidence by India and Nepali Congress,” the source added.
The source claimed that during his recent India visit, India exerted pressure on Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba to form a coalition government with UCPN (Maoist). “Delhi had also invited Dahal to India but Dahal sent his close confidante Krishna Bahadur Mahara for the purpose.”
First Dahal, then Deuba
Though NC and UCPN (Maoist) agreed to change the government, no decision could be reached as to who would lead the government. India gave a breakthrough by suggesting that Deuba lead first, followed by Dahal. However, Dahal claimed stake for the leadership first. India once again turned a kingmaker by suggesting that both the parties lead the government turn by turn for nine months each with Dahal leading it first.
“Dahal was not in favor of changing the government. However, he gave in after Mahara and Barsha Man Pun suggested that he lead the government,” the source revealed.
‘Maoists scared by conflict-era cases’
UCPN (Maoist) leader Mahara was critical of the government in parliament on Wednesday stating that the government was trying to revive conflict-era cases and planning to prosecute and jail his party cadres.
“A tripartite agreement (India, Deuba and Mahara) has decided to resolve the conflict-era cases during the nine-month government under Dahal,” the source said.