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Writ filed against move to form CJ led government; leaders claim the proposal came from foreigners

Kathmandu: As political parties are making final minutes preparation to formalize the decision of forming the election government led by Advocate Bharat Jangum moved to the Supreme Court on Sunday, seeking prevention of the formation of government under the Chief Justice’s leadership.

The apex court has registered the writ filed against the Office of the President, Office of the Prime Minister, Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai and UCPN-Maoist Chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal.

The petitioner argued that political parties’ bid to form the CJ-led political mechanism is against the spirit and provisions of Nepal’s Interim Constitution 2006 and principle of separation of power. He sought issuance of mandamus as per the Article 107 (2) of Interim Constitution to safeguard the judicial supremacy and its independent existence.

The plaintiff has also sought an interim order against the defendants to stop any effort to constitute the purported Chief Justice-led election government, saying it could take long time before final verdict on the writ. He also claimed that that the CJ-led government could increase political interference in the judiciary and thus could betray the state administration and people.

Similarly, the minor political parties, which are protesting against the decision of forming the election government led by Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi have stated that ‘foreign power centers’ are behind the proposal.

Chairperson of CPN-Maoist Mohan Baidhya has claimed that Nepali Congress and CPN-UML, who were against the idea of a CJ-led election government even until two days ago, suddenly made an about turn on the issue coming under tremendous pressure of external power centers.

Addressing a training program organized by his party for junior leaders and activists in Dharan he claimed that the two parties agreed to the UCPN-Maoist proposal to form a CJ-led election government coming under direct pressure and instruction of the external power centers.

Stating that he doesn’t have any personal grievances against CJ Regmi, Baidhya said his party was firm on its stand that a head of the judiciary should not be given the reins of the government.

Meanwhile, senior CPN-UML leader Pradip Nepal, who has opposed his party’s Saturday decision to accept a CJ-led election government, has said that the ‘pressure’ to appoint the Chief Justice to the post of prime minister of the country came not from Pushpa Kamal Dahal, but the Kathmandu-based ambassadors of European Union, India and America.

“I hear that European Union has even threatened to halt all its assistance to Nepal if the Chief Justice is not given the leadership of election government,” Nepal wrote on his Facebook posts on Sunday

Indian Ambassador has been exerting pressure to different political parties for forming the government under the leadership of Chief Justice. The Indian Ambassador also met President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav today and held discussion for about an hour. Political analysts say that India has interfered in the internal matter of the country. “Political parties have provided space to the foreigners to play in the internal affairs of the country, which will have negative consequences,” they added.

Published Date: Sunday, February 17th, 2013 | 09:07 AM

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