ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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POTOMAC MUSINGS- Victory that Forebodes Defeat

reconciliation'. Taking advantage of government's lapses of the Dashrath Rangashala stampede some three months hack in which 71 people were found dead and over a hundred injured, former prime minister Surya Bahadur Thapa has been spearheading a revolt against present Nepalese prime minister Marichman Singh Shrestha. Thapa has once again raised his old slogans against the 'underground mafia' which he says influences policy making in the kingdom. He has lately been trying to prove himself a spokesman of the democrats but the Nepali Congress leaders recall how he had sabotaged the same Congress' participation in the last general elections for rashtriya pan- chayat. Political observers in Kathmandu believe that in the present context the opposition within the system is meaningless and is unashamedly power-oriented. It has no better programme than the present governments and it is the unpanchayat-like functioning of the so-called liberals from the rank-and-file of the partyless panchayat system which has caused rethinking among the hardliners.

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