Constitution stuck but Bhattarai won’t resign

Yubaraj Ghimire, KATHMANDU: As chances of the constitution being drafted by the May 28 deadline get bleaker by the day, the Nepali Congress and the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) have asked Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai to own responsibility for the failure and quit.

“We will bring a no trust motion against the Bhattarai government in the Parliament if he does not quit on his own,” senior Communist leader K P Oli said. Narayan Khadka of the Nepali Congress seconded him.

The two parties said that Bhattarai had agreed in November to pave way for a national unity government so he “must quit now”.

Bhattarai, however, remained defiant. He called a meeting of the two major parties of the ruling coalition—his own United Communist Party of Nepal-Maoists and the United Democratic Madhesi Morcha — and secured their support.

“The meeting felt that the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML are subverting the constitution-making process and indulging in an unhealthy power game,” Bhattarai press advisor Ram Reejhan Yadav said .

Bhattarai reportedly told the meeting that he was not against the idea of a national unity government but “as someone who has brought the peace process on track, I have the right to head the national unity government”.

Bhattarai, who has been promising to deliver the constitution by the deadline, also faces a revolt from within his own party. A section of the party owing allegiance to senior vice-chairman Mohan Baidhya Kiran have threatened to support the no-trust motion to oust Bhattarai. (Indianexpress)

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