KATHMANDU, MAY 23 – The Nepali Congress and CPN-UML has demanded that Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai should step down before May 27. The parties have also set the condition that the new constitution should be brought out within May 27 by forging a common agreement.
The two parties put forth such demands during the talks among the major four political forces—UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress (NC), CPN-UML and Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha—that was convened at the prime minister’s office in Singha Durbar.
According to UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal, the parties have been holding discussions to settle the disputes in three different phases. As part of the phase-wise plan, the parties would forge common agreement, prepare the draft constitution, meet due procedure in the Constituent Assembly (CA) and declare new constitution.
During the talks, NC leaders claimed that PM Bhattarai should immediately resign from his post according to the five-point deal signed between the major parties.
The NC leaders also warned of walking out the current national government if an NC-led government was not formed within May 27.
Furthermore, NC leaders claimed that the amendment bill registered at the CA secretariat, requesting the extension of Constituent Assembly, is a big mistake. They claimed that the CA term cannot be extended by any means. They also said that the constitution should be promulgated by May 27—the expiry date of the CA.
Emerging from the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister and NC leader Krishna Prasad Sitaula said that his statement that NC has agreed for the CA term extension was a mistake. “The statement that I made yesterday was a mistake as most of the party leaders are not in the favour of CA term extension,” said Sitaula. Sitaula was heavily criticised from within the party for making the statement.
The meeting has been deferred for now as NC leaders and UML leaders have left for their Central Committee meeting and Standing Committee meeting respectively.
The meeting would convene again in the evening.Ekantipur Report