Tripathi accuses NC, UML of being anti-federalist, denies to accept new guv in their leadership

KATHMANDU: Co-President of Terai Madhesh Loktantrik Party Hridesh Tripati has claimed that consensus government will not be formed in the leadership anti-federalist forces.

Tripati said ” Sole purpose of the democratic revolution was to establish a constitution incorporating federalism. Progressive Joint Loktantrik Madheshi Morcha won’t accept to participate in a government headed by anti-federalist forces.”

Speaking at a program organized by the Reporters Club Nepal on Friday, Tripati, who is also the Minister for Construction and Planning, claimed that majority of Nepali Congress and CPN UML’s leadership was anti-federalist and stated that they (NC and UML) will have to correct their present stance on federalism, if they won’t to lead the much hyped national consensus government.

He called on Nepali Congress and CPN UML to pledge their allegiance to draft the new constitution by ensuring ethnic federalism to form national consensus government in their leadership.

Responding to questions about the dissolution of the present government, Tripathi said that the issues related to constitution drafting, federalism and national consensus government should be resolved in package.

” All of these issues are interrelated and thus should be dealt in a package. The government will be not dissolved unless all these issues are addressed in a package,” said Minister Tripati at the program presided by Reporters Club Nepal’s President Rishi Dhamala.

“The government is still striving to garner national consensus so as to complete the task of constitution drafting. Its actions are not centered on remaining in power,” Tripathi said stressing on the need to garner consensus on issues related to constitution drafting.

He further claimed that the Interim Constitution cannot manage the transition and said that the CA elections should be held at any cost to draft the new constitution.

Expressing the ruling parties (UCPN Maoist and that of Morcha) allegiance to the five point understanding reached between major political powers, Tripathi said that the new government will be formed in Congress’s leadership only after all issues related to constitution drafting are resolved between political parties.

” The new government should not be another caretaker government for running the administration, but should have a concrete and agreed path to conclude the constitution drafting task,” Tripathi said.

Responding to queries on the fate of budget, Tripathi said that the government will table complete budget by forging consensus between political parties. ” Budget is never incomplete, quarter or partial and it won’t be brought in either of the way. Budget is always complete and the government is committed to bring a complete budget by forging consensus among political parties.”

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