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Nepal Maoist chief lays claim to PM post

Pushpa Kamal Dahal. File photo: The Kathmandu Post

Publication Date : 22-01-2013


Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has expressed his eagerness to become the next prime minister while Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai proposed him as the first alternative of his party.

The UCPN (Maoist) chairman, who arrived here in the district to attend the seventh district convention of the party, laid clam to the post of prime minister.

"I am also ready to accept the premiership as the new alternative," said Dahal.

"Even the leaders of Nepali Congress have said Prachanda is the next person after Girija Prasad Koirala to steer the nation. If Baburam Bhattarai is not acceptable to them, I put forward the proposal to agree on my leadership," Dahal added.

PM Bhattarai said that his party Chairman Dahal is the first alternative to lead the proposed national government.

"Chairman Dahal is the first alternative of our party. We have to forge consensus so as to go for elections by the fourth week of June," said Bhattarai.

"The UCPN (Maoist) is ready to exhibit any level of flexibility in order to hold fresh election to the Constituent Assembly," said the prime minister.

"But the opposition parties have been laying claim to the government leadership fearing the election," he added.

"What kind of democracy is this to say either give us the government leadership or we won't go for election?" he questioned.       


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