Nepal’s ruling and opposition still stumble on Bhattarai govt’s future

Baburam Bhattarai Nepal PM

KATHMANDU: Nepal’s ruling and opposition parties continued debating the leadership of the national consensus government without making headway in that direction.

The status quo remained in place after UCPN Maoist, on Sunday decided to transform the incumbent Baburam Bhattarai led government into national consensus one.

Leading opposition parties, Nepali Congress and CPN Maoist, on the other hand also maintained that they would not participate in any government that is led by the leader of any of the ruling parties.

A meeting of the UCPN Maoist office bearers at party Chairman Puspa Kamal Dahal’s residence on Sunday morning decided that the party leadership should strive to garner consensus in transforming the present government into a national consensus one.

Spokesperson of the party Agni Prasad Sapkota said that the party has decided to float the proposal officially to other parties in the discussions yet to come.

The party reached such a conclusion after weighing the pros and cons of forming the national consensus government in its own leadership and in others leadership.

However, Congress and the opposition Maoist party have declined to participate in the present government or in any government led by leaders from the incumbent ruling parties.

A meeting held between senior leaders of both parties at NC President Sushil Koirala on Sunday took such a decision after concluding that the incumbent government is the root of the ongoing status quo.

Along with rejecting PM Bhattarai’s leadership, both parties have also trashed UCPN Maoist’s earlier proposal to form consenus government in the leadership of DPM Narayan Kaji Shrestha or DPM Bijay Kumar Gachhadar.

CPN Maoist Vice Chairman C P Gajurel said that they have decided to topple the Bhattarai led government at any cost and claimed that the opposition parties will launch stern agitation and use every available resources to do so. (www.nepalireporter.com)