KATHMANDU, June 20: The main opposition party, Nepali Congress (NC), President Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that democratic system in the country has fallen in jeopardy under the communist rule.
Addressing a gathering of the NC District Working Committee Presidents in Hetauda on Tuesday, the former prime minister said that the country is now in further crisis as democracy can never be safe in the hand of communists.
“The illusion that communists can be democratic is akin to saying that a tiger is vegetarian. The government is inclined toward totalitarianism. Republic, democracy and federalism have now fallen in danger,” he said.
Deuba also said that the communist government led by K P Sharma Oli is bent on establishing democratic centralism despite his speeches on federalism. While alleging that the nationalistic stance of Oli has already changed, he said that it is now the responsibility of the NC to safeguard democracy and save the country from the totalitarianism of the communists.
Deuba also cited the electoral alliance of the two major communist parties for NC's humiliating defeat in the recently held local, provincial and parliamentary elections.
“Our defeat and the unity of leftist parties have added challenges. But I have made a resolution to make the NC the largest party in the next elections,” he said, while seeking the support of party's rank and file.
The three-day gathering will analyze the defeat of the party in the recently held elections, party's new organizational structure in line with the federal structure adopted by the country and other concurrent political issues.
Addressing the function, senior leader Ram Chandra Paudel said NC leaders and cadres should raise voice of unity as the party is mired in factionalism. He also expressed confidence that the Hetauda gathering would be able to help strengthen unity within the party.
Speaking on the occasion, General Secretary Shashank Koirala argued that factionalism that exist within the party was solely to be blamed for the party's humiliating defeat in the recent elections. He also argued that unification of the communist parties alone cannot defeat Nepali Congress with such a glorious history.
Another senior leader Bijaya Kumar Gachchhadar pointed out the need for the party's two senior leaders to stand together to take the party back to its old state. Some leaders including Krishna Prasad Sitaula had expressed dissatisfaction, alleging that the party's senior leaders had enforced syndicate even to put forth their views.