Monday, 30 November, 2020
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EDITORIAL

PM's Resolute Stance



For a nation, without political stability, it is next to impossible to achieve the exalted objectives of all-out progress, economic prosperity and the wellbeing of its people. Also true is the fact that a secured political environment is a prerequisite for a strong and stable government, whereas a stable government always promotes and benefits the stability of any nation's politics. It may serve well if one recalls that before the present government assumed office with the promulgation of the new constitution, we had witnessed a long period of political uncertainties when several governments came and went. During then, the political situation was extremely fluid and political parties were engaged in real politicking and toppling governments, only to destabilise the nation's politics further.
When Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said, loud and clear, that he would not tender his resignation, he must have gleaned the above-mentioned facts from the contemporary Nepali politics. While inaugurating the new annex of a government hospital building in the capital on Wednesday, Prime Minister exhibited his resolute side when he declared that he would not resign from his post as rumoured. Furnishing the reasons for his unwillingness to quit, he said the nation would sustain immeasurable losses if he resigned. Why should I quit? He posed the question to his detractors and stated there was no reason that he should give up and took to the task the rumourmongers for spreading baseless information of his resignation.
The Prime Minister, who negated any indication of his departure, must have been prodded to speak his mind, off the cuff, following the intra-party spat that has resurfaced in the ruling Nepal Communist Party. A section of the party leaders, led by co-chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda, is alleged to have raised the demand of the PM's resignation after the disputes between the two factions, each led by the PM and Prachanda, deepened recently. The ruling party has found itself in a spot after rival factions went on hurling blames to each other. For the PM, who maintained his government formed through popular votes and support, it was not a convenient moment for quitting the post of the country's top executive because it would push the nation to chaos.
Given the present political climate, in which the two NCP factions have clashed for no clear ideological reasons, the PM's departure will invite uncertainties and anarchy in the nation. Any sane person can say that the PM's departure at this critical juncture would further deepen crises in the NCP. In case he is forced to quit before completing his full tenure, his opponents in the party can be made to play at the hands of opposition parties, who too lack required numerical strength in the parliament to form their governments. If such a situation arises, chances are that many inimical national and international elements would try raising their ugly heads to undermine our stability. We should, therefore, applaud our Prime Minister for rejecting to quit his post. His determination not to give up at this trying time would guide the nation and its politics towards a safe future.  

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