KATHMANDU, JUL 06 – Minister for Physical Planning and Works Hridayesh Tripathi has ruled out the possibility of forming a national consensus government under the leadership of anti-federalist forces.
Speaking at the Reporters Club in the Capital on Friday, Minister Tripathi, who is also the vice chairman of Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party, said that the Madhesi Morcha—an alliance of Madhes-based parties—cannot accept the leadership having nature against the spirit of democratic agitation of 2006 whose main objective was to draft a new constitution with federalism.
A majority of the leaders of Nepali Congress and CPN-UML should correct themselves for the future government as they are against federalism,” said Minister Tripathi.
Minister Tripathi urged the NC and UML to accept the constitution with federalism for forming a national unity government. He said that the government would step down if the disputed issues of the constitution were settled in a package deal. He, however, said that the government would not resign at any cost until there was a consensus to draft a new constitution with federalism and republican system.
“The government is still trying to forge a national consensus for drafting the new constitution but not for the power,” said Tripathi. He maintained that the interim constitution could not manage the transitional period so the Constituent Assembly election must be conducted to draft the new constitution.
“We are committed to the five-point pact signed by the major three political parties and Madhesi Morcha. Consensus government will be formed under the Congress leadership but consensus is indispensable for constitution,” he said.
Tripathi claimed that the budget would be introduced with consensus. “A complete budget in the right time would be unveiled,” said the minister. He disclosed that top leaders of the major parties have been giving behind-the-scene approval for a complete budget in exchange for including their projects despite their protests outside.ekantipur