President calls leaders of major parties for talks; Maoist proposal of government led by CJ draws criticism
Talking to journalists in Hetauda UCPN-Maoist Chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal has informed that the president called the leaders for talks today. Dahal also informed that his party would formally propose that Chief Justice Khilraj Regmi be appointed Prime Minister to pave the way for fresh CA elections.
The president has been holding discussion with political parties to resolve the current political problems dogging the country. In a bid to exert pressure to the political parties for finding consensus, the President set deadline for picking the consensus Prime Minister but he left setting the deadlines after his ninth attempt of consensus ended inconclusively. Stating that election is the only way out for resolving current political stalemate, the President has been pressurizing the political parties to find consensus for forming consensus government for holding the elections of the constituent assembly.
The proposal of Maoist to form the government under sitting Chief Justice received criticism from different quarters. Terming it as yet another ploy to prolong their stay in power, top leaders of opposition parties rejected the proposal to form a new government led by chief justice for holding fresh election.
Speaking during their protest program organized in the Capital on Friday the opposition leaders vowed to force the Baburam Bhattarai-led government out through a fresh ‘people´s movement’.
Many analysts have also taken the proposal of Maoist to form the government led by Chief Justice as another card of CPN-Maoist not to leave the power soon. They said that consensus should be forged among major political parties before announcing the name for the Prime Minister’s Post. They also added that the Maoist party just trying to block the Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala, who was proposed by opposition parties for the top post, from becoming the Prime Minister.
The Maoist proposal also received criticism from the ruling alliance. Minister for Industry Anil Kumar Jha ruled out the possibility of election under a government headed by an incumbent judge.
Minister Jha expressed this view while speaking at a press conference in Gaighat on Friday evening. The minister arrived here in connection with inspecting the Udayapur Cement Factory at local Jaljale. He also claimed that event the Prime Minister was not in favor of this idea and the Madhes-centric parties in the government also could not agree this idea of holding a general election under the leadership of an incumbent judge.
He also does not let the chance go to call the opposition parties to join the present government in order to hold the election by this May 29.