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Bhattarai-Dahal plotting against consensus: Gagan Thapa

KATHMANDU, DEC 26 - Nepali Congress Central Working Committee member Gagan Thapa has alleged that the blame game between Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai and UCPN Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal is part of a plot to protract the ongoing efforts to forge consensus.

Leader Thapa remarked that his party should come out of illusion and give three days time for consensus and resort to agitation if no consensus was forged within that time. He said that the process to pick a new prime minister through a majority votes should be initiated.

Addressing an interaction organised in the Capital on Wednesday, the NC leader claimed that the UCPN (Maoist) do not want election before April-May 2014. He accused that the prime minister of trying to defame the Nepali Congress by inviting the party leaders for talks.

Thapa claimed that the prime minister, during the meeting, warned that he would not give up the government leadership without first inducing the NC leaders in his government even if his party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal agreed to do so.

He went on to claim that PM Bhattarai turned down the mid-way proposal to hand over the government leadership to NC by ending the current constitutional and political crisis.

"I don't see any possibility of consensus through talks. Let us not get stuck in the drama of talks," said Thapa. "Now, the dialogue process should be stopped."

He asserted that there would be no consensus no matter how many times the president extended the deadline for the same. "It has become clear that the prime minister is firm on his resolve that he would not quit and the NC is stuck to its stand not to join the current government," said the NC leader.


Posted on: 2012-12-26 09:29