PM: NC can’t claim unity govt helm
KATHMANDU, AUG 04 -
Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai on Friday said the Nepali Congress has no ground to claim leadership of a consensus government as per the five-point deal signed among the major political parties on May 3.
He told a group of journalists that there should be new agreement among the parties to settle all issues in a package, including the formation of national consensus government. “Any party or individual who can garner the support of all the parties will lead the consensus government,” he said.
He also said he will not step down before political parties strike consensus.
The five-point accord states that the leadership of a new government would be handed over to the NC, which will hold elections after the promulgation of a new constitution.
The NC and the CPN-UML joined the Bhattarai government as per the agreement. However, ministers representing the two parties resigned, saying the PM ‘unilaterally’ declared a new date for Constituent Assembly elections. The PM’s remarks come at a time when the NC is demanding leadership of a unity government to hold elections, while the UML is also supporting the idea of such a government led by the NC.
Bhattarai said the parties have no alternative but to go for fresh CA elections after a new agreement. He said he is ready to move ahead as per the five-point agreement, but added that a new constitution must be promulgated before handing over to the NC the government that will hold parliamentary elections as per the five-point deal.
“But personally, I do not think the country can move ahead as per the five-point deal,” Bhattarai said. He reiterated that the incumbent government is an ‘election government’ responsible for holding the elections.
Posted on: 2012-08-04 08:50