It seems that the Maoists are inclined towards the third option. But taking that road will not be easy because the Maoists are alone, there are legal hurdles and although the government has the power to change the commander in chief, there is another provision that allows Katuwal to hold his post for the full three-year term. In addition, to change that provision and also to change the army leadership, the Maoists will need the support of the president. That support seems unlikely at the moment.
However, the question arises: why is Thapa raking it all up again? Does Thapa want to create a new position for himself in his party? Or are the Maoists planning to take over the army? "Both of them are egoitistical," says an army official. The personality clash between Thapa and Katuwal seems to be at the root of the controversy.
It is only natural for the Maoists and the Nepal Army to have differences because they were killing each other till not too long ago. The government is facing the sensitive issue of army integration and the army is adapting to a democratic civilian chain of command. Ex-general of the Nepal Army and also a CA member, Gopal Singh Bohara says: "This debate has to be solved through negotiations, it can't be prolonged."