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Helpless, insecure


Do you think the government is responsible for good governance besides securing peace and solving the Maoist issue?
Yes. After all, citing these two issues Koirala tabled a no-confidence motion when I was prime minister. The situation on both fronts is worse than during my tenure. The Maoists, who were prepared for a dialogue, have now gone back to the jungles and are creating havoc. Many, many innocent people have been killed. The government is helpless and the police, insecure.
The PM accepts the situation has gone from bad to worse, but he has not taken responsibility for it.

If the government is incapable of providing security to the nation, then it should give others an opportunity to try and solve the problem. It is undemocratic to think that no one else can solve the problems of the day.

The government says it will only hold talks after it mobilises the army. Do you see that possibility after the army has been mobilised?
The Maoists have said that they will not come to the negotiating table as long as Koirala remains in office. The Congress has a majority in parliament. If he cannot solve the problems of the country, then he should hand over power to someone from his own party; that will be good for the nation.

Engaging in dialogue with the Maoists and stopping the slaughter of one's countrymen is proof of one's nationalism. Mobilising the army and then holding talks is like putting the cart before the horse.


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