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ACT SENSIBLY

  • Letter to the Editor

Oct 30, 2016-

The last time the major parties were singing in chorus was in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake last year when they were in a rush to promulgate the constitution. (‘Top leaders decide to work in unison’, 27 October, Page 1). It is not uncommon for the major political parties to come together when they foresee a common problem (or a threat) that could sully their political image or hurt their interests. It has happened during the abolition of monarchy, the promulgation of the new constitution, the devastating earthquake and now the impeachment of Lokman Singh Karki. 

It is praiseworthy to see them working together for the common cause of the nation and the people. However, they should also be sincere about moving ahead while making such promises, as many of such promises have not been kept in the past. Many earthquake victims are still living in makeshift camps. And it has been reported that the top leaders 

have agreed, in principle but not in practice, to address the demands of the agitating parties, which have now started warning the Dahal-led government to either act timely or face another series of protests and even withdrawal of their support after Chhath. 

The Supreme Court (SC) is yet to give its final verdict on Karki’s case. Considering this, the top leaders should have waited for the SC’s verdict and acted accordingly rather than undermining its role. If they claim to be the champion of democracy, this is the time for them to respect the existence of one of the key elements of democracy, ie the judiciary. If someone violates the rule of law and abuses their authority, they should be lawfully punished. Likewise, the SC should precede the hearing of Karki’s misuse of authority and give its verdict on it. If the political parties try to undermine the existence of other key elements of democracy, then anarchism will reign supreme. It is hoped that the top leaders will consider this and act sensibly to prevent further political complexities.

- Rai Biren Bangdel, Maharajgunj

 

MELAMCHI DREAM

The Parliamentary Development Committee has told the government, the Ministry of Water Supply and Sanitation and the Melamchi Drinking Water Project to complete the scheme to bring water from the Melamchi River to Kathmandu by September 2017 (‘Melamchi project given 2017 deadline’, October 25, Money I). Our hopes of Melamchi water had died along with Krishna Prasad Bhattarai years ago. But we will keep our fingers crossed and see if we can get it by the latest deadline, although most locals in Kathmandu will dismiss this as an election stunt. While Melamchi might hopefully serve Kathmandu, the road that leads to Melamchi is in a state of despair, courtesy of a large number of tippers laden with sand and gravel. It will not be surprising if the Japanese gift from Koteshwor to Surya Binayak meets the fate of the Kodari highway, which is breaking down at several places. What is surprising though is that the people all along the Helambu highway have endured dust and noise without a squeak. But this may not last for ever. They might start demanding roads, schools, better access to finance, affordable health facility and improvement in overall quality of life in lieu of water. People along the highway might also ask for compensation for the tourist highway turned into a tipper highway. Will the government pay attention to this before it is too late?

- Manohar Shrestha, via email

Published: 30-10-2016 08:18

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