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Oli new PM

Sunday, October 11th, 2015
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Newly-elected Prime Minister KP Oli. Photo: RSS

CPN (UML) Chair KP Oli has become Nepal’s new Prime Minister, defeating NC President Suhil Koirala in a vote in Parliament on Sunday.

Oli, leader of the second largest party, won the country’s top executive post with the support from the third and fourth largest parties – the UCPN (M) and the RPP-N.

Despite support from some fringe parties, Koirala could not retain his post. He had stepped down on Saturday just before registering his candidacy against Oli.

Oli secured 338 votes as against Koirala’s 249 votes.

Oli already had 291 members of Parliament in his favour. He consolidated his position by bringing Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar’s MJF (D) into his fold. In last minute negotiations, Gachhadar decided to back Oli following an eight-point agreement with the UML and the UCPN (M).

Gachhadar was one of the signatories to the 16-point deal, the blueprint for the recently-adopted constitution. But he quit the four-party alliance after a protest by indigenous Tharus, a community he belongs, led to the deaths of eight policemen and one child in Kailali district in the last week of August.

NC, UML and UCPN (M) had tried till last minute to bring Gachhadar on board before adopting the new constitution. But negotiations failed after ruling party leaders, particularly Oli, did not want to mention anything about Madhes and Tharuhat movement in the constitution.

However, Oli on Saturday acknowledged Madhes and Tharuhat protests as political issues and promised to address them by amending the constitution to win Gachhadar’s support.

Oli, a veteran communist leader, had started his political career with a bloody revolution in Nepal’s far-eastern plains in the 1960s. Inspired by India’s Naxalite movement, he joined other radical communists and beheaded some landlords dubbing them as ‘class enemy’.

He fought against the party-less Panchayat system and spent 14 years in jail from 1973 and 1987.

Of late, he was portrayed as an illiberal and anti-Madhesis. He on Saturday said he was aware of his distorted image and promised to correct it by his ‘actions’.

“I will go all out to address all genuine demands of Madhesis, Tharus, Janajatis and excluded communities,” he said. “I will show what I am by my actions, those who will vote for him will not have to regret.”

He said: “I am not trying to become Prime Minister just to hang my photo in Singha Darbar, my candidacy is to safeguard our nationality and lift the earthquake-devastated country from ruins.”

 

 

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6 Responses to “Oli new PM”

  1. sushil kumar on Says:

    WHEN EVER THING IS SAID AND DONE, THE TERM OF P M OLI WILL BE SUCCESSFUL OR CHAOTIC CAN BE GUESSED FROM ;HOW PROMPTLY THE INDIAN P MO WILL SEND THEIR CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE TO HIS HOLDING THE OFFICE AT THIS CRITICAL TIME.
    HE CAN THEN BE ABLE TO MEND FENCES BY PAYING NEW DELHI VISIT.

    HE IS AFTER ALL THE P M OF A TRIBUTARY STATE. ( IN THE LEXICON OF THE CHINESE MIDDLE KINGDOM DAYS)

  2. sushil kumar on Says:

    YOUNG MAN GO SOUTH,IF YOU CAN. TIME AND TIDE ,LIKE YOUTH AND WATER DOES NOT WAIT FOR LONG; FOLLOW THE LEADER.

  3. Daniel Gajaraj on Says:

    cOMGRATULATION MR.OLI, AT LAST YOU HAVE BEEN ABLE TO BRING BACK GACHHEDAR TO YOIUYR SUPPORT.

    BETTER LATE THAN NEVER. IT WAS FOOLISH TO OPEN FRONT ON TWO ENDS. NEVER N MAKE SUCH MISTAK WITH BARDIA ,NOT THE WEST KANCHANPUR.

  4. Bir Bahadur on Says:

    Congratulations on being PM and on your daring statement and commitment on good actions than hanging your PM picture in singh darwar. People are waiting to see your behaviour. Work against corruption at all levels and work for the good of the country and its dedicated people. Work hard to earn respect, dignity and friendship from neibouring countries and the world. Jai Nepal.

  5. Uttam B. Khatri, Silver Spring, MD. USA on Says:

    Congratulations to Mr. K. P. Oli on being elected to the position of Prime Minister of Nepal. In view of Nepal’s messy current political situation, you were the best option for the country. I would like to remind you of the following matters on Nepal-India Relation, though.

    As we know, Nepal’s politics has been manipulated by our neighbor in the south indirectly or directly for almost 200 years. Treaty of Sugauli that East India Company, thrust upon Nepal will exactly be two century old in 2016. India became independent from the British in 1947, since then the Indian political leaders have been looking into Nepal with greedy eyes. This is the Truth about Nepal-India Relations.

    King Tribhuvan had to regain his throne from the Rana Oligarchy in 1950 with Indian assistance. In consequence, India started to interfere in Nepal’s Internal affairs. In fact, Indian leader’s intervention in Nepali politics is not a new phenomenon.

    Nepal’s rulers endured Indian attempts to control Nepals securities, transits and economy. Late Kings Mahendra, Birendra and Ex-King Gyanendra’s administration had to endure similar blockades. They have done the same thing with Republic Nepal as well.

    This time around when Nepal seemed to be having a cordial and friendly relation with her southern neighbor, Mr Narendra Modi’s, Government imposed another debilitating economic blockade on Nepal. The reason of the blockade being Nepal’s disobedience of Indian Government. Because, Nepal’s Constitution was not promulgated according to India’s terms and condition with regard to representation, citizenship, federalism etc. India was trying to impose its authority on Nepal just like she did in neighboring Fiji and Srilanka not too long ago. This is such a shameful and disgusting act of a neighbor. A direct interference in Nepal’s international affairs.

    When the leaders of Nepal’s political parties except India instigated Madhesi parties got together and raised voice against India’s efforts to stop promulgation of constitution, Mr Oli showed the leadership. Furthermore, India apparently played another game to make Susil Koirala elected for PM’s position again. Not only that there are news in the media that India was spending millions of rupees in trying to buy CAs to gather more votes for Koirala, but that did not succeed either.

    Mr. Oli, Nepali people have full support on you this time. You must prove yourself on your slogans for Nepali people’s unity, solidarity and Nepal’s independence as an untied and sovereign Nation. You have got the opportunity of a life time. Please don’t be greedy for money like other corrupt leaders. You must earn a good name in Nepal’s history. Do not compromise Nepal’s Independence. Remember, “Nepali haami rahaula kaha Nepalai narahe”. Wish you good luck. Thank you.

  6. Poudyal on Says:

    Maybe going North is what Mr. Oli should do. We have seen how reliable the South is; have we not?

    Nepal is a young nation. This is a brave new world. Oli needs to support the young people of Nepal to shape a brave new world. He should not do what has been done before as you will get the same result. So go North this time and beyond. Capture the nationalist sentiment we have seen over the past month – learn form the Vietnamese. If the Vietnamese could defeat the USA; Nepalese can also at least negotiate with the Indians on equal terms and with mutual respect !!!

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