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Congress exits government, says countdown begins for Bhattarai

 KATHMANDU: General Secretary of the Nepali Congress, Krishna Sitaula said that as Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai did not tender his resignation as per the five-point agreement, sohe resigned from the posts of Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister to ease the environment for constitution writing.

Sitaula, who tendered the resignation to NC President, Sushil Koirala at Koirala residence at Maharajgunj this morning, said that the UCPN-Maoist did not follow the five-point agreement signed among three political parties and the Madhesi Morcha.

Deputy Prime Minister Sitaula further said “The agreement was not implemented, therefore, I resigned from the post after perceiving no meaning to be in the government”.

He said that the draft of the constitution including other issues except the disputed issues could be promulgated within the slated period and added it can be done if the UCPN-Maoist shows interest on it.

The Deputy Prime Minister stated that the new constitution could be promulgated by pending some works and the transformed parliament could do the remaining works.

Responding to queries of media persons, Sitaula said that the NC has even now given priority to the constitution writing and added that the NC asked for his resignation as per the five-point agreement.

He added that the NC has objection to the proposal of the government for extending the tenure of the Constituent Assembly for three months. RSS

Published Date: Thursday, May 24th, 2012 | 03:20 AM

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