HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai today told Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala that he was impatient to relinquish power and was waiting eagerly for parties to reach consensus.
Unified CPN-Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Prime Minister Bhattarai held separate meetings with Koirala at the latter’s residence in Maharajgunj expressing their eagerness to resolve the political and constitutional stalemate at the earliest, sources close to Koirala said.
Dahal focused on transforming the Bhattarai-led government into a consensus government, while Bhattarai said that he was ready to clear the way immediately and was waiting for the parties to come up with consensus.
“I have a responsibility to the nation and I will not be an obstacle in efforts to give an outlet to the country. So I am ready to step down immediately once the parties agree on unsettled issues and the name of next prime minister,” Koirala quoted Bhattarai as saying to journalists.
The Prime Minister did not express any wish to lead the consensus government, Koirala said.
“I don’t want to be sceptical of Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai and I do believe that the parties will reach consensus by Thursday, the deadline given by the President,” he said talking to journalists at his residence.
Koirala said there was no possibility of a UCPN-M-led consensus government. “We will not agree to a UCPN-M-led government,” Koirala said.
Dahal, neither rejected an NC-led government nor accepted it, but expressed commitment to settle the issues at the earliest according to sources.
Stating that the UCPN-M had previously proposed an NC-led government for holding fresh polls, Koirala said, “The UCPN-M’s proposal was very meaningful because the NC is the only reliable political force for holding fresh polls. So, I believe the parties will forge consensus on the NC’s leadership of the government within next three days.”
Stating that fresh CA polls must be held by next April-May, Koirala said that the parties did not have any option but to forge consensus at the earliest.