United for opportunism: “Upendra Yadav is indispensable for the nation and parliament,” says former PM Madhav Nepal

Both leaders have been already tested and failed to deliver. But it is not the end of the story. They keep on indulging in clumsy appreciation of each other for the sake of perpetuating their hold onto power.

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Kathmandu: Chairperson of CPN(Unified Socialist) and former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal on Thursday made a claim Upendra Yadav, who lost the federal parliament elections of November 2022, is indispensable for the country and parliament. “He is needed for the nation and parliament,” he said. 

Nepal’s remarks are not unusual given that political leaders have always tried to prove the indispensability of their colleagues, even if they belong to a different political party when it favors their cause.

Upendra Yadav, the chairman of the Janata Samajbadi Party, had lost the House of Representatives elections from Saptari-2 to Janamat Party Chairman CK Raut. He is contesting the by-election from Bara-2 after he made his confidant Ram Sahay Prasad Yadav, who was elected from that constituency, the vice-president of the country.

Both Janata Samajbadi Party and CPN (US) are in the current coalition government led by Maoist Center chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal.

In January, the National Human Rights Commission had recommended that the government should probe Janata Samajbadi Party chairperson Upendra Yadav among 129 others in connection with the Gaur massacre.  As many as 27 individuals, mostly Maoist cadres, were killed and 115 others were left injured in the massacre in Gaur in 2007. 

The ruling alliance leaders have not cared about the recommendations by the constitutional rights watchdog of the country. 

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