Civil Society leaders univocal on formation of CJ-led government

KATHMANDU: After the decision of major political parties to form an election government under the leadership of an apolitical figure for holding a free and fair CA election on May 29, civil society leaders have also said that Chief Justice-led government was the most reliable figure for the top executive post. They also expressed confidence that the same government can conduct a free and fair CA election.

Speaking at an interaction program organized by the Reporters Club in the capital today, Chairman of Nepal Civil Society Himalaya Shumsher JBR said the CJ-led government was the undisputed at a time when the political parties were not coming up clearly to this issue.

Club’s Chairman Rishi Dhamal presided over the interaction program.

JBR was of the opinion that the Chief Justice can be given the responsibility of the election government ensuring his return to judiciary after holding the election.

The civil society leaders also said that they were clear that political leadership was the best option in a democracy to safeguard democracy but this time the parties should not argue as most of the constitutional organs were in a shambles.

Chairman of Civil Society Nepal Khemraj Regmi said there was no option to form the CJ-led government as the government was running arbitrarily and the people were in a pathetic situation.

He also ruled the chances of problem in power balance after the CJ becomes the Prime Minister. “This is not the best alternative but is less disputed,” Regmi added.

Also speaking at the same program, Dr Dinesh Bhattarai also seconded the statements of JBR and Regmi adding that elected people’s representatives were required to institutionalize the achievements of the people’s movement.

Coordinator of Madhesi Civil Society Ganesh Kuamr Mandal said election was the first priority of the country to end the deadlock and the CJ-led government should be formed for holding a free and fair election.

Shyam Kumar Mahato of Madhesi Civil Society said there would be no problem in power devolution after the CJ was given top executive post. Immediate consensus was a must for holding the election to safeguard democracy, Mahato added.