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Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Naya Patrika, 31 January

Meetings of top political leaders have often ended inconclusively not because of their ideological differences but because of the way they put forth their arguments. Here is an insight into how top leaders conduct themselves in their meetings.

Sushil Koirala, Prime Minister/NC president

He does not articulate his thoughts in a concise way; and fails to understand most of the points raised by other leaders. He often talks about ‘give and take’ and ‘win-win situation’ but never explains how to achieve that and what could be an option in case of failure to forge a consensus. He attentively listens to other leaders but rarely counters their arguments with his own logics. He does not understand much about technical issues and quickly loses his temper. However, he never stops taking initiatives to hold talks with other leaders.

KP Oli, UML Chair

He often turns up late in the meeting, talks clearly and counters other leaders’ arguments with his strong logics. As he frequently uses Nepali proverbs, he usually ends up hurting other leaders.  Rarely does he backtrack from his statement and decision.

Pushpa Kamal Dahal, UCPN (Maoist) Chair

He always begins to talk in a gentle way, referring to 12-point agreement, peace accord and spirit of Interim Constitution. He tries his best to convince other leaders with his arguments. He presents himself strongly while engaged in a heated dispute with other leaders.

Sher Bahadur Deuba, NC leader

He often listens to other leaders. When other leaders engage themselves in a heated dispute, he tries to calm them down. He often simplifies complicated political issues and talks in a clear and concise way.

Madhav Nepal, UML leader

He presents himself as a mediatory leader and comes up with alternatives when other leaders stick to their guns. He speaks to other leaders and understands their points of view well before entering the meeting room. He is conscious about time.

Baburam Bhattarai, UCPN (Maoist) leader

He often seconds Dahal and spends much of his time in explaining his party’s stance on key issues. He often gives examples to explain his party’s concept and Dahal’s point of view. Rarely does he compromise on his party’s stance.

Jhalnath Khanal, UML leader

He does not talk in a simple and concise way. He often digresses from the current affairs and refers to historical political events to emphasize his points. Although he is no longer his party’s chairman, he often presents his party’s stance on key issues.

Ramchandra Poudel, NC leader

He sticks to his party’s stance on key issues. He talks bluntly and sometimes even goes on to ignore his party president.

Narayan Kaji Shrestha, UCPN (Maoist) leader

He often enters the meeting room before other leaders. He presents himself differently than Dahal and Bhattarai. He often overlooks his party’s stance and also asks other leaders to show flexibility for a consensus.


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