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CJ led government draws intra-party rift: CJ led government only after Court verdict says Dahal

KATHMANDU: Though the leaders of four major political parties have agreed to form the election government led by Chief Justice but the issue has widened intra-party rift among the four political parties.

The political parties have started interpreting the agreement at their own. Chairperson of UCPN-Maoist Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that the election government headed by the Chief Justice will be formed only after the Supreme Court gives its decision on a writ challenging the idea of such a government.

Talking to reporters in Pokhara, Dahal said the Bhattarai government will function until the court verdict and its stay will be based on consensus between the major parties. According to him, the parties are in discussion on how to resolve constitutional and legal hurdles in installing the CJ-led government in view of a pending legal case.

Meanwhile, top leaders of Nepali Congress and CPN-UML have continued efforts to get second-rung leaders of the respective parties on board with proposal to form an election government under the leadership of Chief Justice.

The top brass of the two parties believes that the proposal, which is not the ‘best’ way out of the post-CA crisis, is a golden opportunity to oust the ruling Maoists from power.

They are finding it tough to convince second-rung leaders in the parties, most of whom are known to be harbouring big political ambitions, that the proposal will not violate their much cherished ‘principle of separation of power’.

Nepali Congress Central Committee members including Gagan Thapa, Sujata Koirala and Sekhar Koirala are insisting that the party should not accept CJ Regmi as head of government. Even if he is accepted, he should resign first from his judicial post.

UML leaders led by Shanker Pokharel and backed by Madhav Kumar Nepal are also warning Chairman Jhala Nath Khanal and senior leader KP Oli that they will not remain silent if UML colludes with Maoists to breach established constitutional norms.

Published Date: Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 | 09:51 AM

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