KATHMANDU, APR 12 – A day after the breakthrough in the long-stalled peace process, UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal said on Wednesday that the new developments now pave the way for a national unity government and the promulgation of the statute by May 27.
Dahal said that the Bhattarai-led government would take the shape of a national unity government, which will then give way to an NC-led one on “a rotational basis”.
“I see the possibility of formation of two national unity governments—one led by Maoists and the other by NC—before May 27,” Dahal told a press conference organised at his Lazimpat residence.
Dismissing claims that the party hardliners would pose new and serious obstacles to the political process, he expressed hope that the hard-line faction would join the unity government to be formed as per the seven-point agreement and the Maoist Central Committee decision. Dahal said that Tuesday’s Special Committee decision to hand over the Maoist weapons and combatants to the Nepal Army would now expedite the constitution-drafting process.
“I took a bold and risky step to defeat the regressive forces that want to sabotage the ongoing peace and constitution-drafting processes,” he said, in reference to Tuesday’s four-point decision. During the half-an-hour interaction, Dahal underlined the need for compromises among parties on contentious issues to draft the constitution within deadline.
Though PLA combatants and weapons are under control of the NA, parties are yet to find a common ground on a number of technical issues of integration including on ranks and norms.
Ruling out that any back-room deal has been struck among the parties, Dahal however stressed that the parties were on the same page on a number of issues.
“I do visualise a possible compromise among parties on contentious issues,” Dahal said, adding that the parties in fact stood on a common platform on “some fundamental issues.”
The most contentious issues include forms of governance, state restructuring, election system and the judiciary. “We are ready to compromise on all outstanding issues of constitution, except on federalism based on ethnicity and capability,” he said, stating that the position remained the party’s bottom-line.
About the Baidya faction’s move of taking to the streets against the party leadership, Dahal said that the move would not widen the internal rift as expected by that faction.