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Nepal PM reiterates importance of holding polls

Publication Date : 21-08-2012

 

Nepal Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has reiterated the indispensability of holding a fresh round of Constituent Assembly election.

Addressing a function in Nepalgunj on Monday, he said the president should endorse the ordinances sent by the government to facilitate the election. President Ram Baran Yadav had recently rejected the two ordinances forwarded by the Bhattarai government, reasoning that all political parties should forge consensus on holding polls. “The President should pass the ordinances and make way for election,” Bhattarai said.

Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who was also present at the event, however had a different view regarding Bhattarai’s insistence on conducting election for assembly of lawmakers.  Dahal was sceptic about the November election as announced by Prime Minister Bhattarai, also the vice chairman of the Maoist party.

“One should not take it otherwise if I acknowledge the impossibility of the government-announced election taking place as planned,” said the Maoist chief. He, however, said that his remarks were not the official line of the party.

The Maoist official stand will come out after the party is done discussing the matter with other leaders, Dahal said. He said the Federal Democratic Republic Alliance led by his party was making efforts to talk the opposition parties into consensus.

“Political consensus is the only way out from the current crisis,” he said, reiterating that Bhattarai should not step down from the prime ministerial berth unless the parties have reached a political understanding. “Once a political agreement has been secured we have no problem appointing a new prime minister,” he said.   

 

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