All this week, Speaker Name Bang must have felt like a school principal. Out of the 597 members in his august house, a head count showed that attendance of CA members was an average of 62, like 10%. Where are all the
others? One CA member was traveling to Australia on some other CA member's passport (Only in Nepal: "In an emergency the passport of one legislator is endorsable to another legislator provided the two bear a photographic resemblance."). Others came to BICC just to collect their allowances and slipped out to do some moonlighting on secondary jobs.
Will someone explain this to me? Maobaddies and the Eh-Maleys are both in the coalition, right? Both have affiliated trade unions and student unions that they use to spread mayhem when necessary. So far, so good. But even though both parties are in government, their student unions have taken turns in shutting down Kathmandu University for more than two weeks now because of an election wrangle. No sooner had the Cranticurry withdrawn its strike than the eh-Maley union shut down the college. Bravo! Yay!
Then down in Hetauda, the FNCCI was negotiating a salary increase with the unions of all the three big parties. Agreement had been reached with one wing of a government-affiliated party when another wing of another
govt-affiliated party decided to continue with the strike. A baddie is the labour minister but his union strikes against his own party? Bravissimo!
Just to make things more exciting, the Cranticurry trade union is now split three ways, which means extortion has increased three-fold and negotiations with the Jamcuttle factions is not acceptable to the Budgegain faction, and both are not valid for the Limbo-led union. Fissures are appearing all over the place. Comred Red Flag was humiliated in his own home district, and not allowed to speak by Awesome's sister's nephew, who wanted to show him who's boss. That's when BRB gave his 'Bhimsen Thapa' speech. (Actually Bhimsen Thapa did become PM before he died.) Then Rain Man agrees to sub-cantonment supervision in a meeting of three leaders on integration at the PM's office, and then goes right off to his Peaceful Ministry to tell the Special Committee no such agreement was reached. Something going on here we should know about, like bad blood between Pun and Deb?
The Mau Mau have finally responded to the universal demand to dismantle the YCL by creating a Super YCL that they have inventively called the 'People's Volunteer Bureau'. It will include guerrillas in cantonments,
disqualified fighters, baddie students and workers. Just proves what the Ass has been braying about for three years now, that whatever name they go by (PLA, YCL, ANASFU-R, UNCPM, Khaobuddies, SNAFU-R) they are all baddies at heart. The new vanguard Bureau is being led by none other than Comrade Netra, an acolyte of Com Kiran himself. The Bureaucats will be deployed if all hell breaks loose on 28 May and the Baddies need to unleash a Red Oktober kranti. That is the plan, anyway.
'Tis the season to be restless, and with the coming of spring everyone is on the warpath. Jumla airport has been closed for two weeks by women protesting air fare hikes, and the party front organisations are all coming
out of hibernation to compete with each other to declare rival bunds next month. This is also the season to travel and see the world. A delegation of Madhesi parties is in Delhi to meet mentors about forming a united centre-right front. Almost-PM Dahal has been invited once more by the non-existent Asia-Pacific Foundation to Singapore but the bet is he is meeting his uncooked handlers again, and stopping by at the bank as long as he is there. But soon after he returns, Fierceness is preparing to visit India, even ahead of Jhola Nath who can't seem to wangle an invite.
Headline we'd have liked to see this week:
'BAFIA To Tackle Mafia'