(Excerpts of an article describing what actually happened at a 6-7 February closed-door meeting of the ruling Nepali Congress.)
Sushil Koirala the general secretary had presented the party's assessment of the emergency rule, and Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba was asked to respond. He replied that the party's assessment was partly true, but that most of the report revolved around what had appeared in the papers, which was not reliable. He then said that he had another meeting to attend and wanted to leave. Party members shot back asking how he could do that, knowing that the party was meeting. At that point, Deuba promised to stay on at all party meetings in future.
The controversial party report says that the government has not been able to control the Maoists in accordance with the mandate given to it by the party. Basing its conclusions on the information provided by the Chief District Officers, the report says the government has not been able to effectively coordinate the activity of the security forces. In fact, the report said, the government is even unable to pay informants and even for the fuel and rent of cars that have been deputed for security work. The report also charges that the government with being responsible for the gradual erosion of civil rule, because the CDOs do not have the power to make executive decisions. It also charges the government with trying to spread the message that \'development is possible only during an emergency, not under democracy' which, it says, smacks of dictatorial tendencies, and gives rise to suspicions of possible corruption. The report also says the government has forgotten the goal of the emergency and reminds it that the declaration was for tackling "terrorists" and instituting law and order, to enable the people to live in peace. The report also says that ministers have been focusing on appointments, transfers, promotions and contracting out works, which would not send a positive message to the common citizens. The party report also says the government must take full responsibility for everything that happens during the emergency.
Shailaja Acharya (former prime minister Girija Prasad Koirala's niece, who was voted out of parliament in May-June 1999) also had a chance to have her say. "I said earlier that we should not make Sher Bahadur prime minister because he is a weakling," she said. But he was, she added, elaborating that Sushil Koirala and Deuba were "conspirators", and even though Koirala opposed Deuba in public, the two had clandestine meetings at night. "Both of them are useless," said Shailaja.