Prez urges leaders to seek PM candidate shortly for May polls


President Ram Baran Yadav on Saturday urged the major political parties to find within a couple of days a common candidate to lead the national unity government. The head of state told the leaders that elections need to be held by May end at any cost.

During a meeting with top leaders of the UCPN (Maoist), the Nepali Congress, the CPN-UML and the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha, President Yadav said that if the parties fail to reach consensus at the earliest, election in May will be difficult.

Leaders assured him that they would seek a common point as soon

as possible for ending the political

deadlock. The President has resumed consultations with top leaders on new government formation after a gap of some weeks.

According to close aides, the head of state is mulling over forming a neutral government for holding the election as the parties had failed to agree on a party-led government.

In the meeting, leaders from the NC and the UML accused the ruling

UCPN (Maoist) of attempting to foil consensus efforts by proposing the chief justice as a PM candidate from the party’s official forum.

Stating that their stance of forming a government led by NC President Sushil Koirala remains unchanged, the two parties emphasised a PM candidate from the political circle.

In response, UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal said his party’s seventh general convention had neither officially proposed nor endorsed the idea of a government led by the sitting chief justice for holding an election by May end.

The Maoist chairman also said that during the party’s convention, the issue was discussed as an alternative but

the jamboree did not endorse it as a political proposal.

“We discussed many alternatives

on formation of an election government but the media reported that we

passed a proposal to form a government led by the sitting chief justice, which is not true,” said Dahal after the meeting with Yadav.

The Maoist Chairman said that his party was ready to discuss any alternative for ending the political deadlock and holding elections at the earliest.

Dahal seems to have backtracked on his latest position after the opposition parties—mainly the NC and the UML—said that the Maoist proposal was aimed at attacking the independent judiciary.

A statement issued by the Maoist party on February 7 to inform about the convention activities said that formation of a government led by the sitting chief justice is the best option.

“For holding the elections, we need a new government, but we failed to reach consensus on a party-led government. Therefore, formation of a government under the sitting chief justice is the best alternative,” the statement read.

Posted on: 2013-02-10 08:26