Nepali Congress stakes claim over leadership of national govt
Shirish B Pradhan, Kathmandu, (PTI): Nepali Congress today staked its claim to lead the proposed national unity government, amid hectic negotiations among the country’s major political parties over the contentious issue of Constitution-drafting. Nepali Congress (NC) President Sushil Koirala said that a national unity government led by his party would promulgate a democratic Constitution within the stipulated deadline of May 27, 2012. Speaking at an interaction programme in Khotang district in the eastern Nepal, Koirala expressed confidence that the proposed national consensus government would be led by Nepali Congress, being the second largest party in the Constituent Assembly. He claimed that the two-day marathon meeting of the major political parties in Hattiban Resort in the southern part of the Kathmandu built a solid ground for resolving the contentious issues, including forms of governance and the federal structure to be incorporated in the new Constitution. “There is no alternative than promulgating the Constitution within the timeframe,” Koirala said. He also claimed that UCPN (Maoist), the single largest party, cannot lead the national consensus government at the moment as the Madhesi parties as well as the CPN-UML are also in favour of an NC-led national consensus government. Koirala was in Khotang district in connection with a nationwide Awareness Campaign launched by his party to pressurise the Maoist government for timely promulgation of a democratic Constitution. NC’s Treasurer Chitra Lekha Yadav and central member Shashank Koirala also spoke about the current political situation.