Two weeks into the extended CA, the four main parties are back to mud-slinging and procrastination. Even the UML faction and the NC that were baying for the prime minister to resign have suddenly fallen silent, only the UDMF continues to press for resignation. The NC says it has no problems with a Maoist-led government, but wants the decommissioning of the camps first. The Maoists made a big show of the end of dual security, but only 15 out of the 120 weapons and a handful of their body guards have found their way to Shaktikhor.
After three years of fierce debate, the demobilisation of the Maoist army suddenly looks like it is the least of the problems. Mutual suspicion about post-integration uncertainty appears to be holding up a political consensus. The NC is worried that even if Maoist fighters are demobilised, they will not abandon their militant mindset. The Maoist leaders know they have to dismantle the camps if they are going to lead the next government but they have met with stiff opposition from their commanders. The Madhesis are also worried about maintaining their political clout after finding their kingmaker role.
The present situation is the result of a hurried un-negotiated extension on 28 May. The leaders defused a constitution crisis with a "gentleman's agreement", but now that they have to decide on concrete steps, they are stuck again.
Democracy non-negotiable, EDITORIAL