Slap-politics in Nepal: get slapped and rise in politics
If you want to make it big in the Nepali politics, you need to taste a slap from a party member, but in public. This seems funny but it has been observed that politicians slapped in public have made it to the higher echelons of power. Latest to taste the slap was former prime minister, popular as Prachanda or the 'fierce one',
PUSHPA KAMAL alias Prachanda, the chairman of Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), was slapped by 25-year-old Pawan Kunwar while attending a tea party, organized by the 'Unified Maoist Party' to celebrate Diwali
, Chhath, Tihar, Dashain and Nepalese New Year
on November 16.
Police dragged away Kunwar during the angry confrontation. Barshaman Pun, Finance Minister in the Maoist-led caretaker government, described the incident as "very unfortunate" and said it raised doubts over Prachanda's security.
It is not the first incident of its kind, as on January 20 last year Chairman Jhal Nath Khanal of United Marxist Leninist was slapped by a former UML cadre, Devi Prasad Regmi. This also happened at a public function. But after this slap Khanal became Nepal’s Prime Minister.
In a similar manner on May 2nd 2012 Jhakku Subedi of Unified Maoists was slapped by Prem Raj Devkota, a tea stall owner. Another such incident took place in Kapan, Kathmandu, where President Sushil Koirala of Nepali Congress was attacked at a party function.
This was surely a sad incident and has given negative publicity to the already troubled Nepali politics, reported ANI.