New govt should at least have Big Three: UCPN (M)

- Post Report, Kathmandu
If a national government could not be formed, the first choice of Maoists is a consensus government under CPN-UML

Oct 7, 2015-The UCPN (Maoist) has  concluded that there should be at least three major parties in the new government for the implementation of the constitution.

The the party’s office bearers meeting on Tuesday decided that if the formation of a national unity government is not possible the party should take the initiative to form a government that is represented by Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and UCPN (Maoist).

 “There should be an agreement among Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and UCPN (Maoist) for the implementation of the constitution,” said Maoist leader Haribol Gajurel.

The first choice of the Maoists is forming a consensus government led by UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli.

UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal is in favour of officially extending support to Oli in the prime minister’s race, but other leaders in his party have refused to do so.

The main opposition has been saying that the main focus of the new government should be addressing the demands of the agitating groups, implementation of the constitution, starting the post-earthquake reconstruction project and combating corruption.

The meeting also concluded that immediate amendments should be made in the new constitution to address the demands of the agitating Madhesi and Tharu communities. Gajurel said if any of the big parties remain out in the next government it would be impossible to amend the constitution.

Published: 07-10-2015 08:26

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A senior CPN-UML leader on Tuesday claimed that the major parties had agreed to share major portfolios in the new government led by CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli.
The parties had agreed during the signing of the 16-point agreement in June that the next government would be formed under the leadership of UML, said UML Deputy General Secretary Bishnu Poudel.
His claim comes at a time when a section of the ruling Nepali Congress leaders are saying that they are “unaware” of such agreement ever being made by the party leadership.
Speaking at an interaction in Kathmandu, Poudel said a tentative agreement was also made on allocating key positions ranging from president to deputy speaker among major political parties.  
According to him, the parties had reach a gentleman’s agreement to elect Oli as the next prime minister, a NC candidate as the president and a UCPN (Maoist) candidate as the speaker of parliament.
The time frame given to the parties to form a national unity government is expiring on Thursday. The parties are under pressure to come up with the prime minister candidate before the deadline expires.
Poudel stressed the need of effective coordination among the parties in government formation, implementation of the new constitution and running the post-earthquake reconstruction project.
In a different context, leader Poudel clarified that his party was clear on its position concerning the demands raised by the agitating Madhes-centric parties.
The constituencies should be delineated  on the basis of population and territory to ensure inclusive and proportional representation of all groups, he said.
Regarding the rights
of the persons who are naturalised citizens, the UML leader said such persons should not be allowed from entering politics for the welfare of the nation and the people.
He the disgruntled parties and groups in the Tarai region to resolve their issues through talks.

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