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************************************************************************ Date: Wed, 30 Nov 1994 11:01:37 -0500 To: nepal@cs.niu.edu Subject: vegetarianism in Neal From: kathy@homenext.mc.duke.edu (Kathleen Bain)

In article <3aqtmmINNas1@bigbird.cc.williams.edu> 96ljs@williams.edu
(laura jeanne) writes:
>
> I will be traveling to Nepal in January for a research project related
> to my studies. Since the logistics of the trip aren't firmly settled
> (nor will they be, most likely, even when I leave), I'm not sure where
> or how I will be eating. I would like to experience Nepali cuisine
> but I'm a very strict vegetarian and am a little nervous about any
> food not prepared by myself. Will I have a problem finding food
> without animal products? I don't eat any meat, not even poultry, fish
> or eggs.
>
>
I just returned from 5 weeks in Nepal, am also vegan, and can reassure you that you will have few problems staying within your preferred diet. The staples of the Nepalese diet are dahl, bhaat and tarkari (lentils, rice and vegetables, usually greens or squash, depending on the season), and fruit sold along the roads or at market. I lived with the families of Nepalese friends, totally immersed in the culture including the meals, and was very pleased with how my vegan diet aligned with their natural way of eating. A couple of good phrases to remember: Ma saakaahaari hun ("I am vegetarian"), and Ma dugdhashaalaako khaanaa khaandina ("I don't eat dairy products.") Be prepared for people to ask you why, out of genuine curiosity. A simple answer such as "I love animals" or "for spiritual purity" satisfied. Most will respect such a diet as a religious ideal, at least in the largely Hindu southeast where I spent most of my time. The only times I had to assert my preferences were when I was offered yogurt during the morning meal, and when accepting tea ("calo thia" means black tea--most Nepalese drink their tea with milk and sugar).

If you can eat in private homes instead of restaurants, you will run less risk of digestive ills. Especially avoid the roti (fried doughnut-like breads) and any food not still hot from cooking. I reminded myself of this after two spoonfuls of cold tomato chutney still made their presence felt a full day later. Good luck in your experiences.

**************************************************************** From: Prema Oza <ar490@freenet.carleton.ca> Subject: TND-oct.20,1994 To: nepal@cs.niu.edu Date: Wed, 30 Nov 1994 12:54:11 -0500 (EST)

I take strong objection to the thoughts raised by atuladhar. I finds his comments and his sexual blindness offensive and an affront to the many gay and lesbian people that I admire, respect and love. Is he completely oblivious to the fact that many great people of our time were not straight-identified? I'd clearly like to know what Nepal or India he
_hails_ from!

"homosexuality is a capitalist disease unique to the West."

WRONG! Homosexuality or lesbianism is not a DISEASE, it is a way of life that should be embraced. The DISease is in your homophobic and conservative mind!

The point raised by Atuladhar of having to immediately apoligize once you have _accidently_ brushed up against a man for fear of being labelled a homosexual is merely a kneejerk (for lack of a better word) reaction for Atuladhar and the many other homophobes like him to assert their masculinity. The thought makes me nauseous. It is precisely this type of machismo that inhibits many Nepalese and Indian men and women who I admire less assured of _coming out_ to anyne let alone their families who should be there to love and support them.

Atuladhar says that he is often asked by US women whether Nepalese men are gay because of thier physical closeness to one another. I, too, have been asked this, but, to say that is ONLY horsing around by two hets is outrageous when you consider that you are diminishing the other beautiful relationships that are being fostered.

This is merely creating a poisonous mindset that is transcending to our children also and corresponds to my father who is angered by my associating with gays and lesbians for fear of catching the _lesbian_ disease! I assure you he is not strictly referring to AIDS, either, unfortunately.

The stats in India and the West show that the majority of people with AIDS related illnesses are straight people. What does that tell you? And don't anyone say that this does not affect you. If you were to look at the Matrimonials in the _Times of India_, HIV is, sadly, referred to as an asset as an additional status symbol, no joke!

Atuladhar says that there are no such things as _homo-marriages_ is an outright lie. Once again, we have an individual on the net who claims to be a know-it-all.

They DO exist! Sorry to burst your bubble as do LESBIANS another point unrecognized or perhaps unfathomable to Atuladhar.

And finally to TND, how could you allow such hurtful posts on the Digests I am, quite frankly, disappointed.

********************************************************************** Date: Wed, 30 Nov 1994 15:00:17 -0500 To: nepal@cs.niu.edu From: SPOKHARE@SYSTEMS.watstar.uwaterloo.ca Subject: Whatever happens

I believe in better late than never.

After the agitation in 1990, what we wanted is a stable government with enough responsiveness to the Nepalese masses. We have had two general elections already. The congress called this election in the name of stability of the government. I wish that lot of negotiations be made on the terms of stability of the government. Even if Communists sits on the power, let congress not think that by going "CHAKKA JAAM" and "STRIKE" they would be able to solve the current economic hardship of the people. Let congressis do not forget whatever they said during those JAAM and STRIKES called by communists. The other scenario is even if congress sits on the power, let communists not think that they can reinvent the wheel by striking and paralyzing the country's economy. It is people's rule and not the rule of the people who have been selected to represent them. People elected representative before also (during panchayat) but nothing happened that time. Let the representatives not forget that. Let vandalization be diminished. Let all the parties work together to avoid another general election for at least four years. Let whoever sits on the government be thankful to the Opposition which allowed them to sit on the power and let the opposition fully cooperate with the government not in terms of sacrificing their motto but in terms of getting real things done.

Let all of us wish a very very stable government in Nepal in the future.

Thanks Shaligram.

************************************************************* Date: Wed, 30 Nov 1994 15:04:12 -0500 From: rshresth@black.clarku.edu (RaJesh B. Shrestha) To: nepal@cs.niu.edu Subject: End of Koirala stuff from my dictionary (brain?)

After-all, The Girija (the means outgoing PM Girija) has put the country into confusion and Nepali Congress too. He can not be PM at least till next election (when ? is uncertain: 1 month or year). If the style of Nepali Politics has chnaged why not I change my self and forg(et)(ive) him from my side. I am not sure how he will be cited in the histroy of Nepal after 100s of years. He should be appreciated in that sense that he is leaving his power peacefully without trying to foul-up the country using military or repeating 2017 . Hope the next PM will also transfer the power like Girija babu. Now, the country (looks ) going to communst's hand who from the first day of GP-K's PM nomination staged negative approach which leaded The Girija to follow his own style of suppressing "Birodhi" inside and outside NC. Now, in UML-CP's (if they get power) rulin Period, I would prefer NC as well as Girija babu not to follow what UML-CP followed for last 3+ years rather support them to run the country in a meaning full manner because NC as a truly democracy based party must not believe on distruction. They should learn from mistake . UML-CP cann't push the country to communism because they have not secured 103 to pass any bill themself, only their will cann't help, like Chitra Tiwari ji wrote they have to follow what other party's, even a candidate for PM. So, lets think positively that NC will restore its stamina in Nepali political arena. They should promote new generation rather than confining into these 4+ old congressies and also should be open to any nepali irrespective of relations, caste or religion or region. We are just one i.e. Nepali!!!!!!!

Namaste! Gyaneswor

******************************************************************* To: nepal@cs.niu.edu Date: Wed, 30 Nov 1994 21:36:24 -0500 (EST)

        Being a Xavierian myself I couldn't help responding to a queiry posted on the TND recently. The history of the school speaks for itself, and maybe I need not say any further. Is the reader aware of the fact that in spite of the "allegations" St. Xavier's school still tops the list of best schools in the Kingdom? There are very few schools that might be considered to form the "Ivy league" in the Kingdom, and along with the St. Xavier's and St. Mary's, BKS is one of them, though no
"league" has been made official. So I do not see why the existence of St. Xavier's would be in issue worth debating on.

signing off:-) sawid

Diwas Khati

****************************************************************** Date: Thu, 1 Dec 1994 05:59:00 -0500 (EST) From: Rakesh Karmacharya <karmacha@aecom.yu.edu> Subject: For your listening pleasure... To: NEPAL@cs.niu.edu

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************************************************************* Date: Thu, 1 Dec 1994 09:25:43 -0500 To: nepal@cs.niu.edu From: rajendra@coos.dartmouth.edu (Rajendra P. Shrestha) Subject: More corrections

Here's some more corections in the list of final winners I posted some days back. Thanks to Keshab dai for pointing out these errors.

1. In Tanahu, there are only three constituencies. Surya Thapa did not win from there.

2. In Dhanusha the winner was Ram Lakhan Mahat,not Shail Lakhan Mahat.

3. In Dolpa (missing), a NC dissident won but I'm not sure of the name. If anyone knows, please let me know.

4. In Salyan, the winner was Chhabiprasad, not Rabiprasad.

5. As I mentioned in a previous post, Lokendra B. Chand(Baitadi) is from RPP.

********************************************************** From: "Neal Cohen" 30-NOV-1994 22:53:25.89 Subj: First Statement by new PM

  First Statement by the new Prime Minister, Man Mohan Adhikari.

  After taking office and swearing in his ministers (see separate e-mail
  of yesterday with the names), PM Adhikari addressed the press.

  1. "We shall work with tremendous sensitivity for social security and
  to uproot corruption through an administration that is responsible to
  the people."

  2. Poverty is a grave problem..."[t]he supply system will be well-man-
  aged and other practical measures will be adopted to check poverty."

  3. Need to give the national economy by improving all fronts "...adopt
  development oriented economic policies and to expand the foundation of
  national development by maintaining regional balance and enhancing the
  role of the local entrepreneurs and private sector."

  4. Mobilize capital, investment and foreign assistance depending upon
  the national requirements. Foreign assistance will be encouraged as
  provided by these policies.

  5. "We shall always remain effortful to improve relations with all
  friendly countries, specially India and China, based on the principles
  of equality and the Panchasheel.

  6. "The Bhutanese refugees' problems are one of the burning issues
  facing the country. There are over one hundred thousand Bhutanese refu-
  gees currently residing in various camps."

  7. "Set up a high level commission to resolve the existing problems on
  land reforms."

  8. The Mallik Commission report on corruption and misuse of power in
  government will be made public.

  9. Government will remain very sensitive to ensure the security of
  children, the aged and the helpless.

  10. The Government will reduce the land revenues charged on land owner-
  ship. Practical measures will be taken up to solve the problems of
  citizenship and landless squatters.

  11. Government will implement the agreement between UML and Congress
  on Tanakpur.

  12. He expressed profound hope that all countries which have shown
  interest for the development of Nepal will continue to extend their
  cooperation in the near future. "Nepal has entered into a new journey
  and thus I request all concerned to take the country towards the goals
  envisaged."
  _____________________________________________________________________

  This continues talk about price controls and reductions in current
  levels of price. The PM has placed CP Mainali in charge of the Ministry
  of Supplies which can oversee price controls, imports and sales. He is
  one of the most radical Communists in the new Cabinet. Inflation has
  fallen in recent months to around 6%, usually prices fall in December
  and January, so maybe they can declare victory and not get involved?
  The first Congress Minister of Supplies and the head of National
  Planning used these powers to confiscate supplies, open "Fair Price
  Stores". The reason was such that they did it once.

  The talk about helping national capitalists has been a code word in the
  past for being anti-Indian and anti-Marwari (Indians who have taken
  Nepali citizenship and are very influential in business). The opposi-
  tion to privatization is that these people have purchased some of the
  firms. They are also talking about increased protectionism to help
  national capitalists.

  It appears they are continuing to emphasize the need to change the
  relationships with India and be less accommodating. There is no word
  from any senior Indian official on how they view these developments,
  or whether the Indian Ambassador will be recalled (he was viewed by UML
  as interfering in the election).

  The reduction in land tax is unfortunate. This is a very minor tax
  which we had hoped could be built up as a source of local government
  revenue, and also as a way to collect more money from the richer local
  landlords.

  Initial briefings with the new Minister of Finance, Bharat Man
  Adhikari, by senior government officials have gone well. He has a very
  good reputation and appears less of an ideologue.

  Rumors for National Planning include G. P. Lohani as Vice-Chairman (a
  man whose time has past), with assistance from Dilli Raj Khanal, Kishor
  GuruGharana and Meena Acharya. All three are good economists, well
  published, who have had tendencies to approach analysis from the con-
  clusion side.

**************************************************************** Date: Thu, 01 Dec 1994 14:56:06 EST From: tilak@UFCC.UFL.EDU To: Nepal@cs.niu.edu Subject: Sanskrit

Dear Abadzi Jee,
       Thanks for your note. I know very little about Sanskrit. I picked up these slokas from different articles and school text books, where these slokas are highlighted by the author to emphasize the point being made. I took some Sanksrit courses in school, but was not a good experience. There were too many memorizations, without any conceptual contents. I agree with you that there should be better ways. In my opinion, the study of Sanskrit should emphasize the learning of the wisdom of the sages from the ancient times, than the grammar rules.
        You are right that the Indianized version of Socrates is Sukraat, and Aristotle is Arastu. Similar ones are, Alexander - Sikandar, Moses - Musa, and Jesus - Isa. I read an article titled
'Mahatma Sukraat' in my 5th or 6th grade text book. I picked up other names from different Indian articles. I cannot quote them now. Evidently the ancient Indians learned a lot from the ancient Greeks.
       When I called you a 'worthy descendant' of Maharishi Sukraat, I was being appreciative of the ancient culture where such minds flowered. I was not thinking in terms of family tree. Please do not mind for saying so. I do not believe in racism or casteism. That way, I can also claim to be a descendant of Sukraat along with Siddhartha, when I ponder and do some objective analysis, in any subject.
     Thanks and regards. Sincerely - Tilak B. Shrestha.

************************************************************** Date: Thu, 01 Dec 1994 14:59:00 EST From: tilak@UFCC.UFL.EDU To: Nepal@cs.niu.edu Subject: Gurkhas for UN

Dear Udaya Manadhar Jee,
        Please refer to your article (TND Nov 2,94), my letter (TND Nov 4, 94) and your letter (TND Nov 14, 94). In my letter I was not being critical of your position, rather expressing my opinion. With your good wishes, I am quite capable of reading your lines and between the lines as well. In your article, you were not supportive of Gurkhas in UN, rather were sarcastic against the Farrell and Lingle. I do share that feeling. However, as I wrote, we need to be realistic and see the situation in today's context. For example, if authors were Nigerian, will your reaction be same ? When Farrell and Lingle wrote 'Gurkhas are superb professional soldiers long accustomed to service for an authority other than the leaders of their homeland', is it too far away from the truth ? For example, the 'Lahure' means the Gurkhas in service of King Ranajit Singh in Lahore, Punjab. I am neither proud of, nor want to continue such system. However, I do not mind some of our citizens having the option to be employed by UN - an international organization. I like to emphasize that I am talking about a job option or opportunity, not coercion. Perhaps, as I wrote before, there should be acceptable policies on deployment, chain of command, rules of engagement, etc; and some form of vocational training for retirees. Acceptable chain of command does not automatically mean British officers, nor excludes Nepalese. Finally, instead of us, perhaps we should let the service men speak for themselves, whether they would like to have the option open or not.
        Thanks and regards. Sincerely - Tilak B. Shrestha.

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*********************************************************************************************** Date: 02 Dec 94 11:04:18 EST From: Rajendra.P.Shrestha@Dartmouth.EDU (Rajendra P. Shrestha) Subject: News 11/30-12/1 To: nepal@cs.niu.edu

SOURCE: Xinhua

HEADLINE: king of nepal to summon parliament winter session

DATELINE: kathmandu, december 1; ITEM NO: 1201080

 BODY:
   king of nepal birendra has decided to summon the 8th session of the house of representatives, or the first session of the newly elected lower house, on december 14, according to the parliament secretariat. the new lower house was elected out through the mid-term poll held on november 15 after the former low house was dissolved on july 12. after the elections, a minority government was set up wednesday which was led by the communist party of nepal (uml), which secured 88 seats out of a total of 205 seats in the house, becoming the single largest party. according to the constitution, a minority government should get the vote of confidence in the house within 30 days after the swearing in taken by the government. the former ruling nepali congress (nc), now the second largest party in the house by winning 83 seats, and other political leaders have promised to extend their support to the government when the vote of confidence being conducted, it was reported.

SOURCE: AFP

HEADLINE: Nepal's first communist prime minister appointed

DATELINE: KATHMANDU, Nov 30

 BODY:
   Mana Mohan Adhikari was Wednesday appointed Nepal's first communist prime minister, state radio announced.

   Adhikari, chairman of the Nepal Communist Party-United Marxist and Leninist (NCP-UML), was also given the portfolio of royal palace affairs.

   The party's general-secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal was appointed deputy prime minister and given the defence and foreign affairs portfolios.

   The communists emerged the biggest single party from the November 15 general election which saw the centrist Nepali Congress kicked out of office.

   The radio said King Birendra had approved a 15-member government of nine ministers and six ministers of state.

   The cabinet will be officially sworn in later Wednesday by the king.

   The NCP-UML will try to govern alone but will have to win support from either the rightist Rastriya Prajatantra Party or the Nepali Congress if it is to survive a confidence vote.

   kms/ss/ml

   AFP

   The Nepal Communist Party-United Marxist and Leninist (NCP-UML) government's cabinet:

   Full Ministers.

   Mana Mohan Adhikari: Prime Minister, royal palace affairs

   Madhav Kumar Nepal: Deputy Prime Minister, Defence and Foreign
                        Affairs

   Khadga Prasad Oli: Home

   Chandra Prakash Mainali: Local Development and Supply

   Bharat Mohan Adhikari: Finance

   Radha Krishna Mainali: Agriculture and Land Reform

   Modh Nath Prachand: Education, Social Welfare and Culture

   Pradip Nepal: Communications and Information

   Padma Ratna Tuladhar: Labour and Health

   State Ministers

   Ashok Kumar Rai: Transport and Public Works

   Salim Miya Ansari: Forest and Soil Conservation

   Prem Singh Dhami: Physical Planning and Housing

   Subash Chandra Nemwang: Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs

   Bhim Bahadur Rawa: Commerce, Tourism and Civil Aviation

   Hari Prasad Pandey: Water Resources and Industry

************************************************************** Date: Thu, 24 Nov 1994 04:27:13 EST To: The Editor <nepal-request@cs.niu.edu> From: Nuru Lama <nurulama@husc.harvard.edu> Subject: The Nepali education system, some comments

Dear Readers,
  Lately we have been hearing a lot on the worthiness and unworthiness of Budhanilkantha School. As I said, a lot has already been written and so I don't want to go through it again. My attention was brought to the attachment of the label "elitism" to Budhanilkantha. I think that elitism is a state of the mind. You feel elite, you don't become elite. Elitism is a sense of superiority. Do I as a product of BKS feel superior? NO. I was born in a village in Solukhumbu and I always feel rooted to my origin. I am a Nepali like all other 20 million Nepali people. My friends from BKS feel the same way. I say this
'cause I know it. BKS is the place where students from both economic extremes meet, exchanging ideas and understanding both sides of the world. Given the diversity of students at BKS, it attempts to create an atmosphere of equality (even the prince ate the same food, slept in the same place and wore the school-made clothes like everyone else) and hence establish everyone as nothing but a Nepali. So where is the sense of elitism?

One more thing, some of the participants in the ongoing discussion on Nepali education seem to view western education as inherently BAD. The west has left us far behind in the race for economic prosperity. There is much to learn from THEM and education is the only means. Let us not have this air of arrogance around us and reject everything "west". The west has a lot to contribute not only in terms of technology but arts too. By arts, I mean their literature and philosophy. Education, if it is to promote productivity and intellectual capacity, should encompass all the choice that is present so that we can choose the ones that we thing are the most suitable to our condition. Nuru

********************************************************************** Date: Thu, 24 Nov 1994 23:25:07 To: a10rjs1@cs.niu.edu From: himalaya@ronast.ernet.in Subject: News from horsemouth

11:18AM 11/24/94

GENTLE(WO)MEN:

Attached herein are two items. Maybe of the interest of those who cares about Nepal. With best regards,

Sichendra Bista Journalist and Interdisciplinary ecologist himalaya@ronast.ernet.in Snail mail address: Post Box 6734 Kathmandu, Nepal

ATTN.: MR. M.K. RAZDAN, PTI, NEW DELHI, INDIA FROM: SICHENDRA BISTA, KATHMANDU, NEPAL

KATHMANDU, NOVEMBER 24: THE ROYALIST NATIONAL
 DEMOCRATIC PARTY (NDP) WHICH CAPTURED 20 SEATS
 IN THE PARLIAMENTARY POLLS IS LIKELY TO PLAY
 A DECISIVE ROLE FOR THE FORMATION OF NEPALS NEXT GOVERNMENT AS TWO LEADING ARCHRIVALS, THE GOVERNING NEPALI CONGRESS PARTY (NC)
 AND COMMUNIST PARTY OF NEPAL UNITED MARXIST
 LENINIST (CPN-UML), COULD NOT MUSTER A SIMPLE
 MAJORITY OF 103 SEATS, REQUIRED TO FORM A ONE-PARTY GOVERNMENT.

WITH THE RESULTS DECLARED IN ALL 205 CONSTITUENCIES,
 CPN-UML BAGGED 89 SEATS, NC 83, NDP 20, HARDLINER LEFT-WING NEPAL PEASANTS AND
 LABOURERS PARTY (NPLP) FOUR, ETHNIC NEPAL SADBHAVANA PARTY (NSP) THREE AND INDEPENDENTS INCLUDING TWO DISSIDENT CONGRESSITES SEVEN.

NEVERTHELESS, SPECULATIONS ARE RIFE THAT THE PRO-PANCHAYAT NDP WILL JOIN WITH CPN-UML TO FORM NEPALS FIRST COALITION GOVERNMENT THAT THIS HIMALAYAN KINGDOM WILL SEE IN EARLY NEXT WEEK.

TALKING TO PTI, NDP GENERAL SECRETARY DR. PRAKASH CHANDRA LOHANI WHO IS ALSO
 A PARLIAMENTARIAN AND FORMER MINISTER
 DURING THE PANCHAYAT REGIME, INFORMED
 THAT HIS PARTY WOULD GO AHEAD ONLY
 AFTER ASSESSING THE POLITICAL SITUATION THOROUGHLY AND THE QUESTION OF LEANING WOULD BE SETTLED BY THIS WEEKEND.

FURTHER, DR. LOHANI OPINED THAT THE RECENT
 POLLS OUTCOME SHOWS THAT THE NEPALESE VOTERS GOT TIRED OF ANARCHY AND TYRANNY OF MAJORITY IN THE PARLIAMENT. IT IS EVIDENT FROM
 THE POLLS RESULT THAT THE NEPALESE PEOPLE WANT A GOVERNMENT WHICH IS BASED ON CONSENSUS
 EVOLUTION AND COULD ALWAYS FIGHT FOR THE CAUSE OF NATIONAL INTERESTS, HE ADDED.

FOR NDP, AS DR. LOHANI SAW IT, CPN-UML IS AS
 CLOSE AS NC AND FAR TOO.

MEANWHILE, AN INFLUENCIAL CPN-UML PARLIAMENTARIAN
 FROM KATHMANDU MR. KRISHNA GOPAL SHRESTHA TOLD
 PTI THAT THERE WAS NO POSSIBILITY TO ACQUIRE SUPPORT FROM THE THAPA FACTION OF THE PRO-PALACE GROUP
 TO FORM A GOVERNMENT.

IT IS NOTWORTHY THAT NDP (THAPA) WHICH WAS
 LED BY FORMER PRIME MINISTER MR. SURYA BAHADUR THAPA AND NDP (CHAND) UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF ANOTHER PANCHAYAT PRIME MINISTER MR. LOKENDRA BAHADUR CHAND MERGED TOGETHER SOME TWO YEARS AGO. OUT OF 20 SEATS THAT NDP CAPTURED IN THE RECENT ELECTIONS, 17 BELONGS TO CHAND FACTION AND THE REST TO THAPA.

A CPN-UML INSIDER INFORMED THAT THE PARTYS PARLIAMENTARY BOARD MEETING ON WEDNESDAY
 DECIDED TO FORM THE NEW GOVERNMENT ON ITS OWN AND THE VOTE OF CONFIDENCE, VERYFYING
 THE MAJORITY OF THE RULING GOVERNEMTN, WILL
 BE OBTAINED WITHIN 30 DAYS THROUGH NEGOTIATION WITH OTHER PARTIES.

ON THE OTHER HAND, NC SPOKESMAN MR. TARANATH RANA BHAT SAID THAT HIS PARTY IS CONDUCTING
 DIALOUGES WITH OTHER PARTIES TO DESIGN THE FUTURE GOVERNMENT UNDER THE RULING PARTY.

MENTIONABLY, 1442 PERSONS ENTERED THE FRAY
 ON NOVEMBER 15 INCLUDING 1057 OFFICIAL CANDIDATES OF 24 DIFFERENT PARTIES AND 385 INDEPENDENTS. SEVEN WOMEN CANDIDATES OUT OF 86 CONTESTED WON INCLUDING THREE OF CPN-UML
 AND FOUR OF NC.

LIKEWISE, SEVENTY-TWO NC EX-PARLIAMENTARIANS WERE REELECTED WHILE ONLY ELEVEN EX-LEGISLATORS
 OF CPN-UML WERE DEFEATED.

IN THE DISBANDED PARLIAMENT, NC CONTROLLED 114 SEATS, CPN-UML 68, ULTRA-NATIONAL UNITED PEOPLES PARTY 9, NSP 6, NDP 4 NPLP 2 AND CPN
(DEMOCRATIC) 2.

SOME ONE HUNDRED NEW FACES WERE ELECTED TO THE PARLIAMENT INCLUDING 50 OF CPN-UML
 AND 42 OF NEPALI CONGRESS. END ITEM+

ATTN.: MR. M.K. RAZDAN, PTI, NEW DELHI, INDIA FROM: SICHENDRA BISTA, KATHMANDU, NEPAL

KATHMANDU, NOVEMBER 21: FAILED TO MUSTER ADEQUATE SEATS IN THE PARLIAMENTARY POLLS, A HIGH-LEVEL MEETING OF COMMUNIST PARTY
 OF NEPAL UNITED MARXIST LENINST (CPN-UML) ON MONDAY DECIDED TO SEARCH FOR A NATIONAL
 CONSENSUS IN A BID TO FORM NEPALS NEW GOVERNMENT.

POLITICAL SOURCES SAID THAT THE CPN-UML
 LEADERS HAD ALREADY STARTED DIALOGUES
 WITH THE GOVERNING NEPALI CONGRESS
 PARTY (NC) AND PRO-MONARCHY NATIONAL
 DEMOCRACY PARTY (NDP) HIGH COMMAND IN AN ENDEVOUR TO CONSTITUTE A COALITION GOVERNMENT.

BUT, THEY ADDED THAT THE ROUGH
 PICTURE OF NEXT GOVERNMENT WILL COME INTO PUBLIC BY NOVEMBER 23
 AFTERNOON FOLLOWING THE DECISIONS OF
 THE CENTRAL COMMITTE MEETINGS OF NC AND RPP, SLATED FOR WEDNESDAY.

SO FAR, CPN-UML MAINTAINED ITS LEAD WITH ITS VICTORY IN 86 CONSTITUENCIES
 OUT OF 199 DECLARED WHILE NC BAGGED
 80 SEATS, NDP 20, NPLP FOUR, NSP THREE
 AND INDEPENDENTS SIX.

ACCORDING TO ELECTIONS COMMISSION, THE
 LARGEST COMMUNIST PARTY IS LEADING IN TWO PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCIES, THE
 PRO-PANCHAYAT NDP IN ONE, LEFTIST NPLP IN ONE AND INDEPENDENT IN ONE OUT OF FIVE PLACES WHERE THE VOTE COUNT IS CONTINUING.

IN A CONSTITUENCY IN MUGU DISTRICT,
 THE REPOLLING TOOK PLACE THIS AFTERNOON AND THE RESULTS OF
 THE SIX REMAINING PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCIES WILL BE DECLARED BY TOMORROW.

ALTHOUGH THE AGENDA OF THE CPN-UML
 CENTRAL COMMITTEE MEETING WHICH WAS ON-GOING TILL THESE LINES ARE
 WRITEEN, WAS NOT DISCLOSED, IT IS LEARNT THAT THE PARTY HIGH COMMAND MEETING IS LIKELY TO FINALISE THE SHAPE OF NEXT GOVERNMENT AND FUTURE
 STRATEGIES.

THE MEETING ALSO ACCUSED THE
 GOVERNMENT UNDER PRIME MINISTER GIRIJA PRASAD KOIRALA OF INDULGING IN ELECTORAL RIGGING AND IRREGULARITIES IN AT LEAST 30 CONSTITUENCIES AND DECIDED
 TO STAGE A PROTEST ON TUESDAY.

EARLIER, CPN-UML GENERAL SECRETARY
 MR. MADHAV KUMAR NEPAL TOLD PRESS REPORTERS THAT HIS PARTY WOULD GO TO THE COURT AGAINST THE MISUTILISATION
 OF STATE RESOURCES
 BY THE GOVERNMENT AND OTHER
 IRREGULARITIES OF VARIOUS FORMS DURING THE ELECTIONS. END ITEM+

ATTN.: MR. M.K. RAZDAN, PTI, NEW DELHI, INDIA FROM: SICHENDRA BISTA, KATHMANDU, NEPAL

KATHMANDU, NOVEMBER 21: FOLLOWING THE DEFEAT OF THE RULING NEPAL CONGRESS PARTY
 IN THE PARLIAMENTARY POLLS, NEPALESE PRIME MINISTER GIRIJA PRASAD KOIRALA ON MONDAY
 REQUESTED NEPAL KING BIRENDRA FOR THE
 INITIATION OF THE NECESSARY PROCESS TO
 CONSTITUTE NEPALS NEW GOVERNMENT.

MR. KOIRALA WHO WAS SUMMONED TO THE MONARCH THIS EVENING AT THE NARAYANHITI ROYAL PALACE EXPRESSED HIS WILLINGNESS
 TO BE FREE FROM ALL RESPONSIBILITIES AS A PRIME MINISTER OF THIS HIMALAYAN KINGDOM.

BEFORE HE LEFT FOR THE PALACE, THE OUTGOING
 PREMIER ISSUED A PUBLIC STATEMENT, SAYING
 THE NEPALI CONGRESS PARTY SERIOUSLY ACCEPTED
 THE OUTCOMES OF THE PARLIAMENTARY POLLS AS A
 WISH OF THE NEPALESE PEOPLE ALTHOUTH THE RESULTS WERE UNEXPECTED AND UNPRECEDENTED
 TO A PARTY WHICH IS THE BIGGEST POLITICAL FORCE.

HOWEVER, MR. KOIRALA STATED IN THE MESSAGE
 TO THE NATION THAT HIS PARTY HAS ACCOPLISHED TO ACHIEVE THE GOALS THAT THE CURRENTLY GOVERNING PARTY HAS BEEN STRUGGLING FOR
 FIVE DECADES TO CONSOLIDATE MULTI-PARTY DEMOCRACY THROUGH DECENTRALISED REGIME
 WITH PUBLIC FACE.

HE ALSO APPEALED ALL HIS PARTY WORKERS
 NOT TO BE DETEREED WITH THE POLLS RESULTS
 WHICH WENT AGAINST THE FAVOUR OF THE NEPALI CONGRESS PARTY AND REQUESTED TO MAKE A MIND FOR REFORMS AND CORRECTIONS WITHIN THE PARTY.

WITH RESULTS REMAINED TO BE DECLARED IN SIX
 PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCIES OUT OF 205 IN
 TOTALITY, COMMUNIST PARTY OF NEPAL UNITED
 MARXIST LENINIST CAPTURED 86 SEATS, THE GOVERNING NEPALI CONGRESS BAGGED 80, THE
 PRO-PALACE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY WON 20 PLACES. LIKEWISE, HARDLINER LEFT
 WING NEPAL PEASANTS AND LABOURERS
 PARTY BAGGED FOUR SEATS, PRO-INDIA
 NEPAL SADBHAVANA PARTY THREE AND
 INDPENDENTS SIX.

CONGRATULATING ALL WINNERS, THE OUT-GOING
 HEAD OF THE CARETAKER GOVERNMENT HOPED THAT THE NEW PARLIAMENT WILL BE GUIDED BY PEACE AND COORDINATION AMONG THE POLITICAL FORCES.

ACKNOWLEDGING THE CONTIUED COOPERATION AND ASSISTANCE OF THE FRIENDLY COUNTRIES
 AND INTERNATIONAL AGENCIES FOR THE
 DEVELOPMENT OF THE COUNTRY, MR. KOIRALA
 HOPED THAT NEPALS FRIENDS WOULD CONTINUE THEIR ASSISTANCE IN THE FUTURE TOO
 WHICHEVER PARTY CAME INTO POWER.

MEANWHILE, THE PRO-GIRIJA NC ACTIVISTS
 ALLEGED THAT THE PUBLIC APPEAL OF SUPREMO
 MR. GANESH MAN SINGH IN THE VERY MOUTH OF THE PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS WAS PRIMARILY
 RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEFEAT OF THE NEPALI CONGRESS PARTY.

IT IS NOTEWORTHY THAT OCTOGENARIAN MR.
 SINGH MADE A PUBLIC STATEMENT ON NOVEMBER 1, 15 DAYS AHEAD OF THE MID-TERM POLLS, APPEALING TO CAST VOTE AGAINST THE
 GIRIJA-BRANDED CANDIDATES AND IN FAVOUR
 OF REBEL PARTY CANDIDATES OR THE CO-WORKERS
 OF THE MOVEMENT FOR RESTORATION OF DEMOCRACY.

THE FREEDOM FIGHTER WHO IS AILING FROM A SEVERE HEAD INJURY TERMINATED
 HIS 48 YEAR OLD ALIGNMENT WITH THE
 NEPALI CONGRESS PARTY IN SEPTEMBER
 FOLLOWING A RIFT BETWEEN HIM AND ANOTHER
 FACTION LED BY PARTY PRESIDENT MR. KRISHNA PRASAD BHATTARAI AND PREMIER MR. KOIRALA.

BUT, FOLLOWERS OF MR. SINGH OPINED THE DEFEAT
 OF THE RULING PARTY WAS RESULTED FROM THE
 MISCALCULATION AND ASSUMPTION OF MR. KOIRALA
 THAT THE VICTORY OF A PARTY IN POWER WAS INEVITABLE.

IT IS NOT THE POWER, BUT THE PEOPLE WHO
 DECIDES THE FATE OF POLITICAL PARTIES IN
 A MULTI-PARTY SYSTEM. THIS IS THE LESSON
 THAT MR. KOIRALA HAS TO LEARN,
 A REBEL EX-PARLIAMENTARIAN COMMENTED.

ATTN.: MR. M.K. RAZDAN, PTI, NEW DELHI, INDIA FROM: SICHENDRA BISTA, KATHMANDU, NEPAL
  POLITICAL OPINION SURVEY SAYS KING MOST INFLUENTIAL

KATHMANDU, NOVEMBER 27:BARELY WITHIN FOUR YEARS OF RESTORATION OF MULTIPARTY DEMOCRACY
 IN THIS HIMALAYAN KINGDOM, A MAJORITY OF NEPALESE
 VOTERS EXPRESSED DISSATISFACTION WITH THE PLURALISTIC POLITY, TELLING THAT THEIR LIFE IS MORE MISERABLE UNDER MULTIPARTY DEMOCRACY
 THAN DURING THE DISBANDED PARTYLESS PANCHAYAT SYSTEM.

LIKEWISE, THE KING IS REGARDED AS THE MOST INFLUENTIAL FORCE IN NEPALESE POLITICS WHILE VOTERS POWER RANKED SECOND.

THESE FINDINGS ARE BASED ON A RECENTLY-RELEASED
 POLITICAL OPINION SURVEY, SPONSORED BY THE UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (USAID).

THE SURVEY WAS CARRIED OUT IN THREE DISTRICTS OF THIS HIMALAYAN KINGDOM NAMELY GORKHA
(WESTERN NEPAL), DANG (FAR WESTERN NEPAL) AND SIRAHA (EASTERN NEPAL) FOR THREE MONTHS BY AN INDEPENDENT SECTOR ORGANISATION, SEARCH.

TO CONCLUDE WITH SUCH UNEXPECTED RESULTS, SEARCH CLAIMED THAT IT HAD INTERVIEWED 1227 BONAFIDE NEAPLESE NATIONALS ABOVE 18 YEARS IN 28 VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEES, STRATIFIED BY ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCIES IN THOSE DISTRICTS.

POLITICAL ANALYSTS OPINED THAT THE OFFICIAL
 US AGENCY-FUNDED REPORT WITH THE OUTCOMES,
 FAVOURING HEGEMONISTIC POLITICAL SYSTEM AND
 ABSOLUTE MONARCHY, MUST HAVE RELEASED IN A BID TO INFLUENCE THE CURRENT POLITICAL IMBROGLIO IN THE COUNTRY.

FORTY-SIX PER CENT OF RESPONDENTS EXPRESSED THEIR DISSATISFACTION WITH THE MULTI-PARTY DEMOCRACY WHILE 43 PER CENT FAVOURED THE I NTRODUCTION OF PLURALISM, THE REPORT SAID.

IT IS NOTEWORTHY THAT NEPAL KING BIRENDRA
 RELINQUISHED HIS ABSOLUTE POWER AND RESTORED A MULTI-PARTY DEMOCRAY IN 1990 AFTER DECADES OF
 STRUGGLE. FATHER OF THE PRESENT KING, KING MAHENDRA DISBANDED THE PLURALISTIC POLITY
 AND INTRODUCED THE PARTYLESS PANCHAYAT SYSTEM IN 1961.

THE PALACE IS REGARDED AS MOST POWERFUL
 POLITICAL FORCE BY 33% OF THE INTERVIEWEES.
 LIKEWISE, 29% RESPONDENTS SAID VOTERS ARE MOST INFLUENCIAL AND 21% ASSUMED THAT
 POLITICAL PARTIES HAVE MORE INFLUENCE ON NEPALS POLITICS.

THE DOCUMENT ALSO STATED THAT A MAJORITY
(47%) OF VOTERS WERE UNHAPPY WITH THE FUNCTIONING OF POLITICAL GROUPS
 COMPARED TO 38% WHO SAID THEY WERE CONTENT.

FORTY-TWO PER CENT OF VOTERS FEEL THAT
 THE THREE ELECTIONS, TWO NATIONAL AND ONE LOCAL, ARE NOT HELD IN A FREE AND FAIR
 MANNER THAT IN THE PANCHAYAT DAYS WHILE
 39 PER CENT OPINED OTHERWISE.

ROUGHLY THREE-FOURTHS (74%) OF THE INTERVIEWEES HAVE NEVER HEARD OF THE SUPREME COURT, AND 70% OF THEM HAVE NEITHER BEEN TO A
 COURT NOR HAVE KNOWN ANYONE VISITING THERE, THE SURVEY FOUND OUT.

INTERESTINGLY, THE FINDINGS FURTHER SAID THAT ONE IN FOUR VOTERS LISTENED TO RADIO AND ONE IN SIX SAW TELEVISION FREQUENTLY ALTHOUGH, OFFICIAL INDICATORS STATES, THE SHARE OF A RADIO GOES TO 432 CITIZENS AND A TELEVISION TO THOUSANDS.

ASIDE FROM NEPAL TELEVISION, ONE FOURTH OF THE TV VIEWERS TUNE TO FOREIGN CHANNELS. AMONG
 THE TV SIGNALS BEAMED FROM OUTSIDE NEPAL, DOORDARSHAN AND ZEE TV WERE FOUND MOST POPULAR AMONG THE VIEWERS. FIFTY-FIVE PER CENT
 0F THOSE WHO TUNE TO FOREING CHANNELS SAID THAT THEY ENJOY THE TWO HINDI CHANNELS MOSTLY.

ATTN.: MR. M. K. RAZDAN, PTI, NEW DELHI, INDIA FROM: SICHENDRA BISTA, KATHMANDU, NEPAL

HORRIFIC HORNETS

KATHMANDU, NOVEMBER 27: TWO HONEY HUNTERS WERE STUNG TO DEATH AND FIVE OTHERS WERE
 INJURED UNDER THE ATTACK OF A SWARM OF FURIOUS HORNETS IN A JUNGLE IN DANG, WESTERN NEPAL ON TUESDAY.

A DAY EARLIER TO THAT ACCIDENT, THE HUNTERS WERE LEARNT TO HAVE SMOKED TWO HIVES AND EXTRACTED HONEY FROM ONE HIVE, LEAVING ONE FOR THE NEXT DAY. ON THEIR RETURN THE NEXT
 DAY, THE Y CAME UNDER ATTACK OF THOSE DEADLY INSECTS, REPORTS REACHING HERE SAID.

THE DECEASED ARE NOT YET BEEN IDENTIFIED WHILE THE INJURED VICTIMS ARE UNDERGOING
 TREATMENT IN A LOCAL AYURVEDIC HOSPITAL.

ATTN: MR. M. K. RAZDAN, PTI, NEW DELHI, INDIA FROM: SICHENDRA BISTA, KATHMANDU, NEPAL

KATHMANDU, NOVEMBER 27: THE RULING NEPALI CONGRESS PARTY (NC) IS STILL MAKING A DESPERATE ATTEMPT TO CLING TO THE POWER ALTHOUGH BOTH OF ITS POSSIBLE COUNTERPARTS, THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF
 NEPAL UNITED MARXIST LENINIST (CPN-UML) AS WELL AS ROYALIST NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY (NDP), HAVE ALREADY PLAYED THEIR CARDS
 AGAINST THE NC EXPECTATION.

TALKING TO REPORTERS IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE GOVERNING PARTYS TWO AND A HALF HOUR LONG CENTRAL WORKING COMMITTEE MEETING
 (CWC) PRECEDED BY THE PARTYS PARLIAMENTARY BOARD MEETING, LASTED FOR THREE HOURS, AT
 PRIME MINISTER MR. GIRIJA PRASAD KOIRALAS
 OFFICIAL RESIDENCE AT BALUWATAR THIS EVENING,
 PARTY PRESIDENT MR. KRISHNA PRASAD BHATTARAI
 SAID THAT CPN-UML HIGH COMMAND HAS DENIED
 TO ALIGN WITH HIS PARTY TO FORM A COALITION GOVERNMENT AND A TEAM WAS CONDUCTING DIALOGUE WITH NDP.

CONTRARY TO MR. BHATTARAIS CLAIM, CHIEF OF THE CPN-UML PUBLICITY WING AND NEWLY-ELECTED PARLIAMENTARIAN MR. PRADEEP SAID,  I REGRET TO SEE MR. BHATTARAI BLATANTLY LYING TO THE PRESS.

ELABORATING WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO THE
 NC-UML TALKS FOR ALIGNMENT, MR. NEPAL
 TOLD PTI THAT MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE MR. RAMCHANDRA POUDEL AND CPN-UML GENERAL SECRETARY MR. MADHAV NEPAL
 WERE HOLDING TALKS ON BEHALF OF THEIR RESPECTIVE PARTIES AT THAT TIME WHEN MR. BHATTARAI MADE THE SELF-STYLED CLAIM.

ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON, A THREE-MEMBER TEAM OF THE RULING PARTY INCLUDING MR.
 POUDEL DIALOGUED WITH CPN-UML GENERAL
 SECRETARY AND HIS TWO ACCOMPLICES. THE NC SIDE ASKED US TO SUPPORT TO FORM THEIR GOVERNMENT WITH SOME SHARE OF CPN-UML IN THE CABINET UNDER MR. POUDEL WHICH WE
 REJECTED AT ONCE, HE DISCLOSED.

FURTHER, HE ALLEGEDLY QUESTIONED HOW A DEMOCRATIC-ORIENTED POLITICAL GROUP LIKE
 NC COULD COME UP WITH UNCONSTITUTIONAL
 AND IMMORAL PROPOSAL.

ASKED WHETHER CPN-UML WISHED TO RESUME THE TALKS, YOUNG MR. NEPAL REPLIED THE NC UNILATERALLY BROKE THE CONTINUING TALK AND HIS PARTY HAD NO INTEREST TO RECONTINUE THE TALKS IF THEY APPROACH WITH UNDIGESTIBLE PROPOSALS.

MEANWHILE, NDP SPOKESMAN AND LAWMAKER
 MR. KAMAL THAPA INFORMED PTI THAT NO DIALOGUE WAS CONTINUING BETWEEN HIS PARTY AND THE
 GOVERNING PARTY CURRENTLY AT THE OFFICIAL
 AND AUTHORITATIVE LEVEL AS CLAIMED BY NC PRESIDENT MR. BHATTARAI.

 WE COULD NOT JOIN OUR FATE NEITHER WITH NC NOR CPN-UML UNLESS THEY APPROACH NDP AT THE OFFICIAL LEVEL AND CLARIFY US THE CONTRADICTORY CLAIMS AND STATEMENTS IN THEIR MANIFESTOES, MR. THAPA WHO WAS
 ONCE MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS AND
 INFORMATION IN THE PANCHAYAT DAYS, MADE THEIR STANCE CLEAR.

IT IS NOTEWORTHY THAT NDP CENTRAL WORKING COMMITTEE MEETING LAST FRIDAY DECIDED TO
 REMAIN IN THE OPPOSITION.

FOLLOWING THE NOVEMBER 29 MID-TERM POLLS, NEPAL FACED A POLITICAL IMBROGLIO TO SEE A STABLE GOVERNMENT AS NOT A SINGLE PARTY
 COULD MUSTER A SIMPLE MAJORITY OF 103 SEATS
 IN THE 205-MEMBER NEPALESE PARLIAMENT, REQUIRED TO FORM A ONE-PARTY GOVERNMENT.

ALTHOUGH NEPAL KING BIRENDRA HAVE ASKED
 LEADING POLITICAL PARTIES TO NAME THE
 HEAD OF NEPALS NEXT GOVERNMENT AT THE EARLIEST, THE POLITICAL PARTIES COULD NOT
 DO ACCORDINGLY SO FAR AS NO TWO PARTIES COULD AGREE TOGETHER TO FORM A COALITION GOVERNMENT.

NOTABLY, CPN-UML CONTROLS 86 SEATS, NC 83,
 NDP 20, ETHNIC NEPAL SADBHAVANA PARTY 3,
 LEFT-WING NEPAL PEASANTS AND LABOURERS PARTY 4 AND INDEPENDENTS SEVEN.

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PAGE TWO/ NOVEMBER 27/ SICHENDRA BISTA/ KATHMANDU/ NEPAL

POLITICAL SOURCES CLOSE TO THE PALACE SAID
 THAT CPN-UML PRESIDENT AND LEADER OF ITS
 PALIAMENTARY BOARD MR. MANMOHAN ADHIKARI WOULD BE SUMMONED TO KING BIRENDRA AND SWORN IN BY TUESDAY AS NEPALS NEW PRIME
 MINISTER IF A COMBINATION OF PARTIES FAILED TO PROPOSE A NAME.

IF SO HAPPENS, MR. ADHIKARI WILL BE THE FIRST
 COMMUNIST PRIME MINISTER AFTER THE END OF COLD WAR BY TUESDAY EVENING!

ACCORDING TO CONSTITUTION OF THE KINGDOM OF NEPAL, THE MONARCH WILL APPOINT THE LEADER
 OF THE PARLIAMENTARY BOARD OF THAT PARTY WHICH HOLDS THE LARGEST NUMBER OF SEATS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (LOWER HOUSE)
 AS PRIME MINISTER IF NO PARTY COULD MUSTER
 A CLEAR MAJORITY OR COMMAND A MAJORITY WITH THE SUPPORT OF TWO OR MORE PARTIES, HAVING CONTROL OVER THE PARLIAMENTARY SEATS.

HOWEVER, THE PRIME MINISTER NOMINEE SHOULD
 OBTAIN A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE IN THE HOUSE
 OF REPRESENTATIVES WITHIN 30 DAYS OF HIS APPOINTMENT.

IN ADDITION, THE KING IS OBLIGED TO SUMMON
 THE PARLIAMENTARY SESSION WITHIN 30 DAYS
 OF ELECTIONS AND NOTICE IN THIS REGARD SHOULD
 BE ISSUED TO CONCERNED PARTIES 15 DAYS AHEAD OF THE SESSION, TO BE CALLED.

THEREFORE, THE PALACE SOURCE ADDED, THE
 MONARCH IS SCHEDULED TO SUMMON THE NEW
 SESSION OF THE LEGISLATURE BY THURSDAY, 15 DAYS AFTER THE NOVEMBER 15 POLLS.

THE RULING PARTYS PARLIAMENTARY BOARD
 MEETING WILL BE HELD ONCE AGAIN IN MONDAY
 AFTERNOON BECAUSE NC PARLIAMENTARIANS, TAKING PART IN THE SECOND MEETING AFTER THE SNAP POLLS WITHIN THREE DAYS TODAY, WERE UNCERTAIN AND DIVIDED OVER WHETHER THE PARTY SHOULD GO TO THE POWER OR REMAIN IN OPPOSITION. ACCORDING TO NC
 CWC MEMBER AND SPOKESMAN MR. TARANATH RANA BHAT, THE PARLIAMENTARY BOARD MEETING ON MONDAY WILL ALSO ELECT
 ITS LEADER AND HE HAS BEEN NOMINATED AS THE RETURNING OFFICER TO CONDUCT THE VOTING.

TALKING TO THIS CORRESPONDENT, PARTY PRESIDENT MR. BHATTARAI ON SUNDAY REITERATED THAT
 HE WANTED TO FORM THE GOVERNMENT WHILE
 PREMIER KOIRALA AND NC GENERAL SECRETARY
 MR. MAHENDRA NARAYAN NIDHI ARE IN FAVOUR
 OF REMAINING IN OPPOSITION.

BUT, AS NDP SPOKESMAN MR. THAPA SEES IT,
 CPN-UML WHICH BAGGED THE MAJORITY OF
 THE SEATS IN THE PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS
 SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO FORM ITS MINORITY GOVERNMENT BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN
 CONSISTENTLY CLAIMING FOR THAT.

AND WE ARE READY TO LEND OUR HANDS IF ANY
 PARTY ASK FOR OUR SUPPORT AFTER 30 DAYS TO FORM A COALITION GOVERNMENT
 TO ACCELERATE THE PROCESS OF DEMOCRATIC CONSOLIDATION IN THE KINGDOM, MR. THAPA ASSURED.

FIRST, LET CPN-UML FORM ITS MINORITY
 GOVERNMENT TO BREAK CURRENT POLITICAL
 DEADLOCK. THERE WILL STILL BE ANOTHER 30 DAYS TO THINK AND RETHINK WHETHER
 TO SUPPORT THEM TO MAKE THE MINORITY
 GOVERNMENT ACQUIRE A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE, HE OPINED. END ITEM+

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