The Never-Ending Election

It has been more than seven weeks that Nepal is without a prime minister. For the fifth consecutive time, none of the candidates received enough votes to claim the majority. Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal got only 246 votes in his. Nepali Congress's Parliamentary Leader Ram Chandra Paudel garnered only 124 votes.

The inability to elect the New Prime Minister has affected the peace process and writing for new constitution. It has also affected the working atmosphere in government offices.

Critics claim that the Maoist Supremo Prachanda's failure to win the election has affected his image in Public. The next election will be held on September 5, 2010. But it is still not clear whether Nepal will get a new prime minister on that date, with the growing indifference among political parties.

CPN UML and Madhes-based parties who have got winning votes have remained neutral in the voting that took place five times.

--Rajneesh Bhandari