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The Chair Game Tantrum: Parliament Dissolution in Nepal

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I believe everyone at some time in their life has played the game of musical chairs. The game is more popular among the kids. The game starts with a set of chairs in a circle arrangement, the players try to win a seat in the chair with the start and pause of the music with the winner being the last man seating (not standing) in the final chair left. Of course, the winner is ecstatic and is celebrating their win but at the same time we can see the rest of the kids not able to win throwing tantrum. Neither the winner nor the losers are willing to let go of the chair.
Now let’s a take step back and look at the chair game in the politics of Nepal. Do you see the uncanny resemblance in regard to game mentioned above and the tantrum that follows? Also, the aftereffect of the tantrum in case of this “chair game” is not as simple as few kids crying and rolling on the floor, rather it is much more serious: a widespread turmoil in the whole country of Nepal.

Prime Minister, KP Oli on the left and Puspa Kamal Dahal on the right
Source: Republic World


Looking into the past, this “chair game” started when KP Oli’s party and Prachanda (Puspa Kamal Dahal)’s Maoist party had merged to form a unified Communist party and Mr. Oli was appointed prime minister in February 2018 after his Nepal Communist Party won legislative elections. The two leaders of the party had previously settled on an agreement that they would divide the five-year prime minister’s term between them equally i.e. 2 ½ years each. However, Oli rebuffed on their agreement not allowing Dahal to take the reins for the second half of the term. Hence, friction grew between Oli and Dahal which lead to announcement of the dissolution of Parliament. The announcement was made by the office of President Bidhya Devi Bhandari on December, 20, 2020 at the request of Oli’s cabinet.
Thousands of protestors marched through the streets of the capital Kathmandu calling Oli’s move unconstitutional hence, urging him to reverse his decision to dissolve Parliament and call for early elections.

Thousands of protesters marching in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu
Source: BBC


Hence, this “chair game” of politics in Nepal had disrupted the peace of the country, generated turmoil , as well as increased COVID cases with the protests. Is this how the leaders of the country should be acting amidst the biggest pandemic crisis affecting the entire world instead of working jointly in an amiable manner? What do you think should be done to resolve the current situation in the country of Nepal?

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