Prez sets Nov 22 deadline for consensus
Big parties likely to strike chord on new govt formation
KATHMANDU, NOV 19 -
President Ram Baran Yadav has given November 22 deadline to settle all the thorny issues including national consensus government formation, holding election, among others, on Monday.
According to Home Minister and Madhesi Janadhikar Forum Chairman Bijay Kumar Gachhadhar, the president would pronounce for the formation of national consensus government if no consensus is forged within the deadline.
Also during the meeting, four political forces, including the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha (SLMM), reached nearly to an agreement to form a new government, however, they failed to strike chord upon its leadership.
The meeting of the top leaders including Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai also decided to continue talks for the leadership in the new government, Gachhadhar informed.
It has been reported that the ruling parties demanded the present government be given a national form, whereas the opposition parties said they would hold discussion on other political issues only after the government paves way to end protracted political impasse.
CPN-UML chairman Jhalanath Khanal said the top guns of major parties will sit again to finalise the issue.
Likewise, Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala expressed his belief that the new government will unveil full budget.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Bhattarai said the present government will be compelled to unveil budget by incorporating old policies and programmes if no consensus is forged at the earliest.
President Yadav had summoned the meeting today with the objective of forging consensus on the upcoming budget and other political issues.
Posted on: 2012-11-19 11:27