Four Poles: One PM, Three DPMs
Baburam Bhattarai is an obvious name. He is the sitting Prime Minister. Even Dahal proposing the Mahantha Thakur name does not change the fact that this is one pole, the leading pole.
Sushil Koirala is the candidate for the NC, the UML and the monarchist parties. This is the second pole, though not the second biggest.
The Fourth Pole
Upendra Yadav: Fourth Pole?
Ram Bahadur Thapa Badal's name has been proposed. This is the third pole. This is composed of the far left parties.
Upendra Yadav's name has also been proposed. This is the fourth pole. My guess is this is the second largest pole in the country right now. But it will be for the elections to prove. I think this alliance will produce more than one Chief Minister down the line.
A compromise position would be for Baburam Bhattarai to be Prime Minister, and for Upendra Yadav, Sushil Koirala and Ram Bahadur Thapa to be Deputy Prime Ministers. The UML could get Home, Sharad Singh Bhandari could get defense, and Baidya could lead Finance.
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