Prez sets deadline of Nov 22 for political consensus
President Dr Rambaran Yadav has provided the deadline of November 22 for the political parties to forge much-hyped national consensus. Summoning leaders of four major political forces-UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress, CPN (UML) and United Madhesi Democratic Front (UDMF) – at his own official residence on Monday morning, President Yadav has informed them that he will take necessary step if political consensus isn’t forged by November 22 to bail out the country from the current crisis.
Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai was also present during the meeting.
“The president has provided the deadline of November 22 to forge the consensus,” Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of UDMF Bijay Kumar Gachhadar informed media-persons after emerging out from the meeting, adding, “political parties have agreed to form the national unity government but the leaders are still at odd over the leadership of such government.”
The ruling parties are claiming the incumbent Bhattarai-led government should be given the shape of national consensus government. However, the opposition parties are demanding that Prime Minister Bhattarai should step down immediately to pave the way for national unity government.
After meeting, UML Chairperson Jhalanath Khanal echoed DPM Gachhadar, “We have agreed to form national consensus government for holding the election. The issue of leadership of the government will be settled through the meeting of top leaders of the parties.”
Likewise, Congress President Sushil Koirala said that the new government can only bring the budget.
The leaders of the political parties reportedly told the president that they will resolve all the disputes through a meeting scheduled to be held today afternoon.