NC's delayed decision leads to UML mulling Oli
KATHMANDU, JUN 27 - While talk about a change in government is doing the rounds, some leaders of the CPN-UML , the second largest opposition party in the dissolved Constituent Assembly (CA), are mulling whether to field influential party leader KP Sharma Oli as the prime ministerial candidate.
UML leaders said the party will come up with a formal proposal in case the Nepali Congress (NC) fails to come up with its candidate for the top post within the next couple of weeks. The UML, however, is still giving priority to a Congress-led government.
The UML claim for the top job comes at a time when the NC has delayed its announcement of a unanimous candidate for the post. The NC is under pressure to pick a common candidate as three key leaders, including party president Sushil Koirala, are eying the coveted post. Senior NC leaders Sher Bahadur Deuba and Ram Chandra Poudel are also being considered for the PM post.
UML leaders said their proposal to feild Oli is needed to foil the "Maoist conspiracy to capture state" and to test whether the Maoists are really in favour of consensus.
"The Maoist bid to capture the state is taking the country to further anarchy. If the Nepali Congress cannot field a common candidate, it should support others," said UML Secretary Shankar Pokharel.
"A vote of no-confidence could have been tabled against the prime minister before the demise of the CA if the NC had taken a decision on time," said Pokharel, adding that further delay in naming the candidate will only deepen the crisis.
UML leaders had also informally discussed Oli's candidacy in the Central Committee (CC) meeting on June 21.
Posted on: 2012-06-27 02:00