Excerpts of an interview with Lokendra Bahadur Chand, Rastriya Prajatantra Party.
You seem unsure about whether elections will happen.
I think there can be elections only for the sake of elections, say 10 people voting and a candidate winning by six votes. The situation shows that people may not be able to participate in voting in many places. And if we don't care about the participation of the concerned people, then we might as well just line up the ballot boxes of all districts in Tundikhel and hold elections like that.
So even if they are held, the elections won't provide a solution?
Yes, even if held it won't be able to provide a solution.
What can the government now do?
It has to do what it promised to the nation, if it can't, it should quit.
So Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba should resign?
If anyone else had been prime minister they would have resigned by now. Others would have resigned for having taken the nation towards darkness. Any thinking person would have already thought about it that way. .If he were to think with a cool head, the time has come for him to resign.
What would happen if elections weren't held?
This government is a caretaker government and cannot take any policy decisions. So it would be wrong to say that this government would remain if elections were not held. The prime minister and the ministers would become like any one of us is now. If there comes a situation where there are no elections, the Supreme Court would have to step in and decide what happens next.
Do you think democracy would end if there were no elections?
A staged, fixed election can end democracy faster than that, because then people will lose the trust they have in such a process.