The way out : not a majority, but an all-party national government

EDITORIAL : While the government led by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has failed to get a vote of confidence in the parliament, the major parties are trying to form a majority government under Article 76, Clause 2 of the Constitution. But with only 124 votes against the no-confidence motion in parliament, less than the required majority, it is difficult to form a mathematically majority government. Due to the apparent division of votes in the leadership of the Janata Samajwadi Party, one of the opposition parties, it has become difficult to form a majority government within the time frame given by the President. In this case, it seems that a ‘minority government of the largest party in parliament’ can be formed automatically in accordance with Article 76, Clause 3 of the Constitution.

But Oli, who became prime minister three years ago with more than two-thirds of the 208 votes cast in parliament on Phagun 3, , 2074 BS, is now limited to 93 votes for his own reasons. It is clear that it will encourage more conflicts and confrontations.

However, he lost his legitimacy after the Supreme Court annulled the decision of Prime Minister Oli to dissolve the House of Representatives. The fact that the government led by Prime Minister Oli did not receive a vote of confidence from the parliament confirms this. Now, the roadmap of Prime Minister Oli going to the polls by throwing dice in the arithmetic game between the parties and becoming the Prime Minister of the minority again and dissolving the parliament has become clear from his address to the parliament. This kind of ego and ego is sure to be very risky to take the country on a natural electoral path.

The country is now in the most difficult phase of its history. The whole country is affected by the Corona epidemic. Hundreds of people have lost their lives due to lack of oxygen and life-saving medicines. The caretaker government has no plans or programs to end the crisis. On the other hand, the country’s economy has been shattered as a result of a year-long epidemic. The general public has not been able to feel that there is a government in the country. In this situation, there will be no justification for forming a government of arithmetic pairs in a disgusting style. Because it is certain that solving the problems that the country is facing now will not be in the priority of such a government. Looking at our own parliamentary practice, the emphasis of such governments will be on maintaining the so-called equation.

The current parliament has spent about three and a half years. Even if we follow the deadline of the constitution, we will have to hold parliamentary and Province and local level elections in the next and a half years. In this regards, the future government will be an electoral government, apart from formalizing the burning issues of the country. Therefore, only the all-party national electoral government of the major parties present in the parliament will be the appropriate way out now. The national government is also considered appropriate for the successful management and legitimacy of elections. On the other hand, when there is a need for minimum national consensus and cooperation between the parties on all issues including the Corona Crisis, the formation of a national consensus government will solve the current burning issue and the general public will feel that there is a government in the country.

The all-party government will quell the growing bitterness and confrontation between the parties. More than that, the unimaginable geopolitical challenge will be reduced to some extent. That will prevent our national independence from being injured and will also bring stability in the way foreigners treat Nepal. Overall, the upcoming election can be held easily only when such a situation is created.

Only then will it be able to complete the rest of the work of implementing the new constitution and make a significant contribution to the institutional development of our system. Therefore, it would be most appropriate to form an all-party electoral government according to the arithmetic within the parliament by putting an end to all kinds of animosities, conflicts and clashes between the parties. Prime Minister Oli and Leader of the Opposition Sher Bahadur Deuba, Prachanda and Upendra Yadav should take initiative in this direction without delay. If this is done, the parliamentary mice will automatically enter the cage and the geopolitical nuggets will begin to bite.

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