Prez to PM: This govt can’t take unity shape
KATHMANDU, JAN 08 -
President Ram Baran Yadav on Monday said the incumbent government cannot be transformed into a national consensus one as it was formed through a simple
majority of the dissolved Constituent Assembly (CA).
In talks with Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai at Sheetal Niwas, President Yadav said that as the process of forming a unity government as per Article 38 (1) is underway, a caretaker government cannot be turned into a unity one. Sources said the President also suggested Bhattarai work to forge consensus among the political parties to form a government.
“The caretaker government was formed as per Article 38 (2) of the Interim Constitution and it cannot be transformed into a consensual one,” an aide to the President told the Post. The aide added that any candidate, including Bhattarai, must strike a new deal and form a new government to end the impasse. While Article 38 (1) talks of consensus among the parties for a government formation, Article 38 (2) says that a government can be formed on the basis of majority votes by parties represented in the CA.
Bhattarai reached out to CPN-UML Chairman Jhala Nath Khanal, seeking support in holding elections within April-May. PM’s aide Bishwadip Pandey said the fresh dialogue started by the PM was aimed at forging consensus on a unity government.
President Yadav held separate talks with party leaders and legal experts on Monday to solicit their opinions on the parties’ failure to strike an agreement as per Article 38 (1). A cross-party deal is still elusive as the deadline extended for the seventh time for the formation of a national unity government expires on Wednesday.
In talks with President Yadav, Khanal stressed on the need of ousting Bhattarai to ensure elections. CPN (Maoist) leaders Ram Bahadur Thapa, CP Gajurel and Dev Gurung and RPP-Nepal Chairman Kamal Thapa also called on President Yadav on Monday. Lawyers Bhimarjun Acharya, Bipin Adhikari and Madhav Basnet
advised the President not to keep on extending the government formation deadline.
The head of state can ask the current government to come up with a roadmap for holding elections and resolving disputed issues of the constitution, lawyer Adhikari said.
Posted on: 2013-01-08 08:23