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Onus to resolve crisis lies on us, says Prez

KATHMANDU, DEC 29 - President Ram Baran Yadav has said that Nepali leadership should work together to resolve the impending crisis and a political solution should be sought within the country.

“It is not the Indian leaders who give us the solution to the political crisis but we ourselves,” Yadav told reporters at the Tribhuvan International Airport on arrival from a six-day India visit on Saturday. “The political crisis of Nepal should be resolved by Nepali people themselves.”

President Yadav has firmly stood in favour of holding elections in April-May.

“The President, during his talks with various Indian leaders and officials, made it clear that holding elections is the need of the hour of Nepal, which is the only solution to current impasse. For this he sought Indian goodwill,” said Press Advisor to the President, Rajendra Dahal.

President Yadav’s sentiments were echoed by Indian politicians and officials who batted for early elections in Nepal in the near future.  Still, New Delhi is divided about it reading about the Nepal situation. “Our impression is that opinions in New Delhi are divided as we had sensed in Kathmandu. Views on Nepal are divided between the political class and the security apparatus,” said the official.  

 A large section of political section feels that there should be elections at any cost in Nepal in the near future and political consensus should be reached as early as possible.

According to multiple sources who accompanied the President during the visit, the security apparatus thinks that if Baburam Bhattarai is ousted from Baluwatar, there are chances of merger between two Maoist parties—UCPN (Maosit) and CPN-Maoist. “The security agencies’ primary motivation to support Bhattarai as prime minister is to ensure the Maoist split stays put,” said a member of the presidential entourage to New Delhi.

 Indian leaders and officials, meanwhile, told the President that they “too have limitations while dealing with Nepal and cannot dictate everything,” though they were clearly worried about the widening rift among the parties.

“There’s a section in New Delhi which is frustrated with the Nepal situation and does not want to engage with Kathmandu,” said the official. This group feels that Nepali leaders don’t even listen to their “genuine advice.”

President Yadav will consult with top leaders of major political parties on Sunday before taking any decision on extending the latest deadline for a consensus prime ministerial candidate. 

Posted on: 2012-12-30 08:36

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