Prachanda picks four candidates for PM

Sagar Ghimire, Kathmandu:
UCPN (Maoist) Prachanda has floated four candidates for the Prime Minister as demanded by the President Dr Rambaran Yadav through his Friday’s call for the formation of national consensus government. All of these candidates are from the ruling coalition. He also ruled out the possibility of giving the chance of leadership to the Nepali Congress or any other opposition parties.

According to him, Dr Baburam Bhattarai is his first choice. He wants to give continuity to the incumbent government by bringing the opposition parties to the current coalition.Talking with the selected reporters at his own residence on Monday, he proposed to give the national consensus shape to the Dr Baburam Bhattarai-led government by offering important and main portfolios to the main opposition parties- Nepali Congress and CPN(UML).  Though, he has proposed to give continuity to the current leadership of the government, the proposal is just intended to appease Dr Bhattarai as the general convention of the party is approaching nearer, claims source close to Prachanda.

The second candidate, he said, would be his deputy from his own party- Narayan Kaji Shrestha- if the consensus couldn’t be made for making this government a national consensus government.
Bijay Kumar Gachhadar and Mahandta Thakur from Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha (SLMM), a ruling alliance of the coalition government, are respectively other favorites of Prachanda. He has floated the names of two leaders from the SLMM only as the last two alternatives if his two first choices couldn’t be made to the top post.

Though he has floated 4 names for the PM candidate, he hasn’t give up his own desires to be the Prime Minister, claimed source inside the Maoist adding, “he wouldn’t left any stone unturned to make it to the post himself is circumstances arise.”

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