Nepali Congress ready to accept Prachanda as new PM: Minister Yadav

Mahendra Yadav

KATHMANDU, Dec 14: Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation and Nepali Congress central member Mahendra Yadav on Thursday said that his party was ready to accept CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal as the new prime minister of the country arguing that only Dahal could lead the country toward the path of prosperity and constitution implementation.

Speaking at an interaction program organized by the Reporters’ Club Nepal in Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu, Yadav quick to express his distrust toward CPN-UML Chairman KP Oli. He said, “If Oli becomes the prime minister, the achievements of changes could be lost.”

Yadav lost the elections to the House of Representatives in Dhanusha constituency-4 to UML’s left alliance candidate Raghuveer Mahaseth.

“It is because of Maoist Center, the agendas of federalism, republic and inclusiveness has been institutionalized. Thus, Maoist Center should not follow UML, instead the party must play guardianship role to systematic implementation of the agendas of changes in the country,” he added.

“If Prachanda becomes the prime minister of the country, he can protect the achievements and lead the nation toward the path of constitution implementation and economic prosperity.”

“Nepali Congress has full support to him.”

“Prachanda is a patience, experienced, stable and strong leader who is sensitive to people’s feelings. He is the guardian of the country. He is the best candidate for the PM post.”


Minister Yadav also said that Nepal Congress (NC) is not worried despite its loss in the federal election. NC only won in 23 seats in House of Representatives under first-past-the-post category where as UML emerged as the largest party winning 80 seats. Maoist Center emerged won 36 seats.

“But the party’s leadership is not going to change because there is no alternative to Sher Bahadur Deuba.”

“Youth leaders have blamed the party’s leadership for the election loss. But we are in no condition to change the leadership,” said Yadav referring to Gagan Thapa’s remark for need to searching new leadership in the party.

“Deuba will be the president till next General Convention.”

“And, there is no need any Convention immediately,” he added.

“Party’s General Assembly meeting will be called very soon to review the election results and discuss the future strategies,” he added.