The UML, which withdrew from the government by a court order, will have to face Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba in Parliament and on the streets. Despite being in the role of the main opposition for 41 months, it will not be easy for the Congress, which looks like a power partner, to face the onslaught of the opposition UML.
UML has taken the fraternal organization of the party to the streets in the hope of leaving the government. UML Chairman KP Oli has signalled to be tough on the government by boycotting Deuba’s swearing-in.
Generally, it is customary for the outgoing Prime Minister to attend the swearing in of the Prime Minister. This seems to have angered Oli Deuba since he came to power.
Earlier, the incumbent Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala was absent when Pushpa Kamal Dahal was sworn in as the Prime Minister after the first Constituent Assembly election. Koirala was absent from the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Dahal, saying he had taken over the responsibility of acting president.
Similarly, the Deuba-led government will have to hold local, state and House of Representatives elections within 16 months. Deuba will have to maintain good relations with all organs of the state. Deuba also has the responsibility to correct the questions raised by the Congress about the work done by the Oli-led government.
The biggest challenge for Deuba will be to move forward by including his own party, the Congress. Deuba will also have to fulfill his responsibility of convening the 14th general convention of the party within the constitutional limits. This news is in the citizen daily.