Eighth failure of the parties to pick Prime Minister
The eighth deadline issued by the President Dr Ram Baran Yadav for the formation of national consensus government is expiring today with failure of the political parties to forge much-hyped national consensus. While the President Dr Yadav has been extending the deadline repeatedly following the request of the major parties, the leaders of the parties have even left holding the meeting to sort out the disputes that have marred the consensus building efforts. As the parties have been remaining firm on their respective stances, the deal to resolve the current crisis has remained still elusive. The ruling coalition has refused to hand over the government leadership whereas the opposition alliance is sticking on its stance to form government under the leadership of Congress President Sushil Koirala. The politics has further polarized in recent days after the ruling coalition, especially Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai, has floated the third alternative which includes government formation under the leadership of independent person. The opposition parties have promptly rejected the alternative and termed it a ploy of the government to stick in the power.
Similarly, chairperson of ruling party Prachanda has also floated the alternative to resurrect the dissolved Constituent Assembly (CA). The proposal has drawn flak not only from the opposition parties but from the lawyer and professional organizations also.
Meanwhile, President Dr Ram Baran Yadav has intensified the consultations with the leaders of various political parties and advocates to solicit the suggestions for the alternative step after parties repeatedly fail to meet his deadline to pick the Prime Minister candidate of national consensus. Following the suggestions he received, he is preparing to call an All-party-meeting of the parties representing in the dissolved Constituent Assembly.