KATHMANDU Visiting ex-General of Indian Army, Dr Ashok Mehta, has said that now it was the turn of the Nepali Congress to lead the national consensus government.
Speaking at a programme organised by Reporters' Club Nepal here on Monday, Dr Mehta stressed that the Congress should get an opportunity to lead the government since the UCPN-Maoist and the CPN-UML have already got such opportunity twice after the Constituent Assembly elections.
The latest progress on the Nepal's peace process was really praiseworthy, he said adding the issues relating to form of governance and demarcating of provinces should be finalised as per the parties' wishes.
He suggested the parties to keep economic balance, sustainability, nation's interests and nationality in top priority while forming the provinces.
"The people-elected political leaders in Nepal are themselves able to determine the fate of the nation and India would never interfere ", he claimed.
Responding to a query of journalists on the occasion, the Indian Army former high-ranking officer stressed that the issues of Hinduism and constitutional monarchy should be dealt separately, urging not to dream about the restoration of monarchy in the country.