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The UML central committee decided on Madhav Nepal as their prime ministerial candidate. It is the NC central committee that discussed and decided that they do want to participate in the new government. The TMDP and the SP have held central committee meetings.
Similarly it is for the MJF central committee to decide if it wants to participate in the new government and under whose leadership. The two decisions are a foregone conclusion.
- The MJF will participate in the new government.
- Upendra Yadav will lead the MJF in the new government just like he did in the previous government lead by Prachanda. It is because Upendra Yadav was unanimously elected party president at the party's last convention.
The fact that Upendra Yadav exhibited a soft corner for the Maoists during the recent political turmoil is a good thing. That bodes well for the peace process. You can't work on the new constitution without the Maoists collaborating.
Bijay Gachhedar is going to agree to the two decisions of the MJF central committee to (1) join the new government, and (2) do so under Upendra Yadav's leadership, or he should be subjected to disciplinary action. He need not go into the new cabinet. Find someone from the western Terai to take his place.
A split in the MJF is not in the best interests of the TMDP and the SP. A weak MJF is not in the interests of the TMDP and the SP. The TMDP and the SP should not join the UML and the NC's attempts to split the MJF. What are they thinking?
Let Gachhedar write his note of dissent. Let Yadav lead the MJF in the new government. The MJF is nowhere close to splitting.
In The News
Upendra Yadav raps four-party decision on MPRF representation Republica Upendra Yadav today condemned the four major political parties´ decision to accept the decision of the party´s parliamentary board to join the new government. ....... "We condemn the four parties´ decision, which is intended to divide our party and continue to rule on Madhesi people," Yadav told reporters while coming out in the middle of a central committee meeting. He warned that the party will be compelled to rethink its earlier decision to support the government led by senior UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal. ....... According to Yadav, the ongoing central committee meeting was yet to decide on who should lead the party´s team in the government. He warned other political parties not to interfere in MPRF´s internal matters. .... "If the Central Committee takes a decision contradicting with the Parliamentary Party´s decision, it will be objectionable and unfortunate," said Gachchhadar. ..... He said he would write a note of dissent on the decision if it goes against what the parliamentary party has decided earlier.