But there is a major difference between the story character and Maoist leaders: The former quietly pondered while the latter have been making hue and cry about domestic and foreign players playing foul in the election. So much so that the Maoists have announced that they would boycott CA II if their complaint about the election fraud were not properly addressed.
The election turned out to be a big shock for the Maoists. The Maoists, the largest party in the Constituent Assembly I, were reduced to the remotely third position in CA II. While the Nepali Congress and the CPN (UML) will have 206 and 176 seats respectively in CA II from direct and proportional elections, the UCPN (Maoist) will have 80 seats in the 601-strong assembly. From the nominated seats, the NC, UML and UCPN are likely to add, give and take, 9, 7 and 4 seats respectively.
To investigate the election fraud, the UCPN (Maoist) constituted a committee headed by Barsa Man Pun, but the committee could not put its finger on a single evidence to prove it. So it reported back blaming the Election Commission and the army with a broad brush for institutional fraud. Both have since rebutted the allegation.
Here is the most interesting thing. The head of the election government, Khil Raj Regmi, and the chief election commissioner were appointed at Dahal’s recommendation. The army chief was appointed by the Maoist Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai...
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...n the total number of voters in his constituency. This time, Dahal himself had asked his supporters in Kirtipur to use all fair and foul tools, including booth capturing, to win. Yet it was the cleanest in Nepal’s history thanks to voters identity cards and non-partisan election government. Both national and internal observers, including the former US President Jimmy Carter, have vouched for it.
So the Maoist rage and threat to boycott the CA II means their disrespect for the voters’ mandate. In democratic politics, losing one ballot is not the end of the world. Losing patience with voters is. Just like the NC and UML this time, the Maoists will have a second chance if their policy is popular. However, the voters will not vote next time for a party which does not know how to honor their verdict.
The Maoists’ enemy is within them -- in their habit and attitude.
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