Prez wants govt to hold polls?,PM’s personal secy thinks so

KATHMANDU:Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has interpreted the statement of the President Ram Baran Yadav reminding the PM of his caretaker status positively. His personal secretary claimed that the President wanted the caretaker government to hold the elections.

“The spirit of statement is that the caretaker government needs to hold new election,” Biswodip Pande, PM Bhattarai’s personal secretary, told The Himalayan Times.

A statement issued by the Office of the President today reminded the PM of his status as caretaker chief executive of the country and told him to remain in the post for continuing daily administrative works of the government. The statement was, however, silent on fresh CA elections announced for November 22.

Referring to Article 38(7)(B) of the Interim Constitution, the statement adds that the PM loses the post of the chief executive automatically when he loses CA membership.

While referring to Article 38(9) of the Constitution that gives authorises the already removed prime minister to continue his daily administrative works till the formation of new government, the statement adds that the Head of the State has reminded Bhattarai to continue the daily works of the government till the formation of new government. The President thanked the PM and the members of the Council of Ministers for performing their work.

Meanwhile, Maoist leader and legal expert Khimlal Devkota claimed that the President — though indirectly — has said he wanted this government to hold new election to form a national consensus government.

Devkota said the President reminded the PM that he will have to continue in office till the national consensus government was formed as per Article 38 (1) of the Interim Constitution. “This means that PM needs to hold fresh elections to form a national consensus government as per the article 38 (1) of Interim Constitution,” he said, adding that the PM will continue to head the caretaker government until the new government is formed through fresh election.

He said the President had also reminded the PM that he was no more a member of the elected body and therefore needed to hold fresh election for his legitimacy and to form a national consensus government.

Asked about the interpretation of some people that the PM needed to form a national consensus government before heading for fresh CA elections, Devkota said it was a wrong and biased interpretation.TIKA R PRADHAN THT

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