FSFN not entertaining the idea of quitting govt: Shrestha

FSFN-RJPN merger, Rajendra Shrestha, Upendra Yadav

KATHMANDU, March 25: Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN) vice Chair Rajendra Shrestha has clarified that the party is not quitting the government right away.

The regional parties FSFN and Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN), who have formed a coalition government in Province 2, have opened the door for formal dialogues for the unification process, which was stalled for one and a half year.

But the RJPN, who have chosen to stay out of the Nepal Communist Party co-chair K P Sharma Oli-led government and also recently withdrew its support, asked FSFN to quit the government to clear path for merging process.

However, FSFN Chair Upendra Yadav, who is the deputy prime minister and heads health ministry, refused the RJPN’s request stating they would think about quitting the government after the merger.

“RJPN’s request to FSFN to leave the government was not reasonable. We are not in the mood to quit the government right away,” Shrestha told Reporters’ Club Nepal.

“Party’s philosophy and agendas are the key ingredients for merger possibilities. Therefore, I don’t think FSFN staying or quitting the government really matter in the unification dialogue,” he added.

“Despite the differences, both the parties are positive about the unification.”

According to Shrestha, if the government keeps hesitating to amend the constitution as promised, the FSFN will leave the government.

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