Nepal’s President in ‘wait and see’ mode; expect action anytime now
Chitra Raj Bhandari,Special Correspondent, KATHMANDU: Political turmoil has taken new heights as the President now waits to take action if Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai fails to garner political consensus.
President Ram Baran Yadav, has been at the center of national politics since May 27 and to these days political parties on the road and in the cabinet have continuously urged the President to take actions in their favor.
With political parties till unable to garner consensus on forming a national consensus government and with Bhattarai already termed a caretaker PM by the President in his earlier press release, President’s next move remains one of the most anticipated event.
Opposition and ruling parties have intensified agitation and are now gearing up to take to streets with an aim to accuse each other of present political turmoil. Meanwhile, the President himself has intensified consultations with legal experts to end political impasse by resorting to constitutional remedies.
Presently the President has been lending his ears to everyone who visit him and has urged everyone to move forward consensus. But sources near the President claimed that, the President will take action, when he has to take.
So far the President has been promoting consensus as underlined in the preface and clause 43 of the Interim constitution. But he will be taking actions soon, if PM Bhattarai fails to move ahead in consensus.
CA reelection declaration has been challenged at the apex court and the President seems to be waiting for the apex body to deliver its verdict on the issue.
President’s press advisor Rajendra Dahal said that the President is wait and see mode. Elaborating on the future plans, Dahal informed that the President will confer with the PM within a week from now and will call for joint talks, if the PM fails to garner consensus by that time.
Though the recent polarization between political parties have pushed back the possibility of consensus in the near future, still the President seems to be reluctant to step in for some time now.
The President’s action, if taken, will be based on these lines of the Interim Constitution “Perform duties while safeguarding the constitution.”