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UML rakes up issues; in Hamletian dilemma joining government

KATHMANDU: Third major opposition party in the Constituent Assembly (CA), CPN UML has remained undeceive on joining the incumbent government under Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai’s leadership.

The decision comes against the word and spirit of the five point agreement signed between three lead parties- Maoist, Congress and UML- and the Madheshi Front. As per the agreement, of which UML is also signatory, it has been agreed to form the national unity government under Bhattarai’s leadership.

However, UML leaders who have been protesting against the deal since than dominated Sunday’s Central Committee meeting of the party and declined to join the government accusing the latter of working against the spirit of the five point agreement.
“They (Maoist, NC, Madheshi Front) have divided ministerial portfolios without consulting us,” said UML leader Bharat Mohan Adhikari claiming that they will hold talk on it.

The party has decided to join the next national unity government agreed to be formed under the leadership of Nepali Congress before promulgating the new constitution.

“We won’t participate in this government,” said UML CC member Yogesh Bhattarai adding “We will participate in the government to be headed by Congress.”

Most of the CC members during the meeting had opined that the party should not join the Bhattarai government as it was formed under the Article 38 (1) of the Interim Constitution and that the UML itself had voted against it.

They had opined that the party should participate in the government only if the PM Bhattarai steps down and restarts government process.

Though the party denied to join the government, leader Adhikari said that the party has decided to focus on constitution writing process.

The meeting has handed down the responsibility to take decision on the issue to Standing Committee informed leader Pradip Gyanwali.

Published Date: Sunday, May 6th, 2012 | 01:03 AM

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