UML, Maoist Center power sharing negotiation will end positively: Bhim Rawal

Bhim Rawal

KATHMANDU, Dec 18: CPN-UML Vice-chairman Bhim Rawal has expressed his confidence that the negotiation process with CPN (Maoist center) will conclude reaching a broader understanding.

The two allies of the left alliance announced unification process while forging electoral alliance on the eve of the federal parliament and provincial assembly election that completed recently. And, as the alliance between the two parties worked well in election, producing sweep in House of Representatives election under the first-past-the-post system winning 116 seats; the two parties have started talks on merger process.

“The negotiation on power sharing will end as expected with reaching a broader understanding between the two parties,” said Rawal said Rawal at an interaction program organized by the Reporters’ Club Nepal on Monday.

Rawal also hinted at the possibility that Chair KP Oli would head the new government while Maoist Center Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal would head the party.

“There is a high possibility that Oli will be the prime minister,” he added.

Maoist Center is keen to embrace collective leadership but some leaders of UML like Ishwor Pokhrel, General Secretary of the party, have stressed on single party leadership.

“Negotiations are underway. Both the parties are working to resolve the differences,” said Rawal.

“All we want is country’s development and prosperity. We will move forward in a way that will meet the aspirations of the people,” he added.

He also said that Deuba’s stance on handing over government only after the National Assembly election was incorrect.

“People have given clear mandate to the left alliance, but Deuba is devaluing it. After losing the election, it is not suitable for NC to stay in the government,” he further added. “It is not democratic.”

“All the parties had clearly agreed on majority votes while forming National Assembly, while writing constitution.”

“But Deuba is asking the President to approve something which is unconstitutional.”

“Deuba should clear path for a new government.”