NC’s new rider: CJ should quit the post if he wants to lead election govt

KATHMANDU: Reversing its leaders’ previous stance not to agree on the CJ-led government, the Central Committee (CC) of the opposition Nepali Congress on Wednesday decided to accept the CJ-led election government but with a rider. For NC, the sitting CJ should resign if he were ready to take the charge of the top executive post.

Similarly, the CC meeting has given full authority to top leaders—President Sushil Koirala, Vice-President Ram Chandra Poudel and senior leader Sher Bahadur Deuba—to hold discussions with other political parties to replace the current Bhattarai-led government.

After the meeting, NC spokesperson Dilendra Badu said today’s CC meeting decided to keep all options open for formation of the new government.

A section of NC leaders opposed the idea of formation of the CJ-led government arguing that it would challenge the principle of power separation.