Divided they fall, united they will win
It would be in better interest of Nepal and Nepali people if NCP and other parties peacefully resolve their differences, restore the parliament and work to realize Nepal’s dream of prosperity and happiness.
Nepal’s political course was taking a firm shape. The country promulgated the new constitution in 2015, ending years of transitional phase. The 2017 elections gave a thumping majority to the alliance of Maoist Center and CPN-UML in local, provincial and federal levels. The alliance, with almost two thirds majority in the parliament, formed the government, perhaps the strongest government in modern history of the country. Then when in 2018 Maoist Center and CPN-UML finally merged to create a unified communist party—Nepal Communist Party (NCP)—it felt like a watershed moment for the Himalayan republic.
The chairmen of erstwhile UML and Maoist Center—K P Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal—now became the chairmen of unified NCP and they gave a strong message of unity and expressed strong commitment for development, prosperity and stability, which Nepal had craved for several decades.
With this, NCP became the largest governing party since the country became a republic in 2008. When the government unveiled its "Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali” vision and showed the determination to realize this vision, it could be understood that Nepal was heading toward the right direction. People were happy and excited and they had high hopes from the NCP-led government.
Personally, I was pretty optimistic about the future of Nepal. Immediately after the unity, I wrote in this daily that communist unity is a historical step for Nepal to have a sustainable and stable government and to focus on national agenda of economic development and social progress.
NCP’s journey, however, was not smooth. The real integration proved to be challenging because of differences among the leaders—coming from Maoist camp as well those from UML camp—over