Sources say the prime minister had nothing to contribute to the 14-point programme he recently made public. The architects of the "grand design" were Pradeep Nepal, Sushil Koirala and Mohan Chapagain.
Pradeep Nepal has sullied his leader Madhav Kumar Nepal's name and disgraced his party. It is known that Koirala and Pradeep used to meet in the house of the controversial Upper House MP Mohan Chapagain, a royal nominee. In helping Prime Minister Koirala, Pradeep Nepal is directly helping the Maoists. The word in political circles is that Pradeep was involved in drafting the 14-point agenda. UML heavy weights, KP Oli, Madhav Kumar Nepal and Subhas Nemwang were also in direct contact with the prime minister and helping him out. Clever Pradeep drafted a 14-point programme acceptable to all political parties. A serious problem has arisen within the UML because of this.
The role played by Chapagain is worth noting. The Maoists are bent upon countering all moves of His Majesty and the prime minister. They have said repeatedly that the royal palace massacre was a joint plan of the prime minister and the new king. Koirala and Chapagain are equally responsible for sullying the reputation of the new king. The monarch and the monarchy can only be stronger if it punishes the corrupt prime minister.