Maoist Centre ‘not to rush’ govt formation

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Jul 6, 2016-

The CPN (Maoist Centre), a key ally in the ruling coalition, is preparing to wait for the ruling CPN-UML a little longer to piece together a national unity government.

Maoist leaders say that the party would explore the possibilities of a majority government if a consensus government is impossible to form.

The party is scheduled to discuss the agendas of government change on Wednesday. Maoist Centre Spokesperson Pampha Bhusal said that the party’s politburo would debate on the proposal endorsed by the party’s central committee last week.

On Saturday, the party’s central committee had decided to remain open to the idea of a majority government if the party failed to achieve the desired outcome in its ongoing initiative to form a unity government.

Mani Thapa, who is in the nine-member headquarters of the Maoist Centre, said that the party has begun negotiations remaining open to both the modalities of a government change. “If we fail to forge consensus on the national government, then we will explore the possibility for a majority government as decided by the party’s central committee,” said Thapa, adding that the party would seek to form a new alliance based on common agendas.

The first day of the Maoist politburo meeting did not take up political agenda after the party’s internal row over leadership determined much of the discussion.

Some leaders including Narayan Kaji Shrestha stress that the party should continue with efforts to form a consensus government with focus on key agendas of national importance. They believe that replacing this government with another without agreement on a common political roadmap could damage the party’s reputation.

Many others have been pressing Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal to first pull out of the government after their effort to convince Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli to step down was futile.

Published: 06-07-2016 09:50

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