Girija Prasad Koirala is one of those politician in Nepal who was lucky enough to be prime minister several times despite of his unpopular rating among Nepalese people. He is the only leader who ruled more than 70% of the time in Nepal after 2047 B.S. Once upon a time, he was famously known as democratic fighter of Nepal. After democracy was restored , he started getting known by different nick names such as power hungry leader, corrupted leader, selfish leader, Giddhe leader, khola bechne leader, leader who ended “Maoist revolution” (so called people’s war) in a peaceful way and so on……….
Despite of doing handful number of good things in Nepal, Koirala is known as a most greedy and corrupted leader of Nepal. In the greed of power, he did not hesitate to kick his senior leaders (Krishna Prasad Bhattrai and Ganesh Man Singh) out of his party. He started a tradition of buying and selling of lawmakers (Sansad) to stay in power. There is no doubt that he and his family earned hundreds of million dollars through corruption during his premiership in Nepal.Dollars that were supposed to be invested in development projects of Nepal went to his bank account. Not only him but many other politicians from his party and goverment officials earned hundrends of million dollars under Koirala’s blessing.
He is one of the major reason which left our country politically instable and economically behind. During koirala’s leadership unemployement went up, rivers were sold to India and corruption was injected in goverment organization such as “Nepal Police”. Beside those, Maoist insurgency came to rise in Nepal because of his failed policy. His failed policy and corruption in his government was one of the major reason for Maoist to start a “maoist revolution”. I think he is equally responsible with Prachanda to be blamed for more than 15000 lives lost during this insurgency.
Even though he doomed Nepal’s future and prosperity, he is still considered greatest leader of Nepal.
Now at the age of 86 years old, he is still plotting dirty political game to stay in power in his party. Each and every memeber of Nepali Congress knows that the main reason of their party’s embarassing defeat in last election was because of Koirala’s failed leadership. Forget about his leadership, he is not even ready to lead because of his health problems.
I think this is the best time for him to retire from political life and handover his power to new generation who will lead this party in this 21st century. If he does not want to be seen as power hungry leader who took his party to “Aryaghat” with him, then he needs to stop encouraging his corrupted family members to take over his party and the country. If he does not do so, the consequences will be too high for both Nepali Congress and Nepal’s future . He needs to stop plotting dirty games and start playing constructive role to re-build Nepal.