HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: A standing committee meeting of the establishment faction of the Unified CPN-Maoist today decided not to quit the government unless the constitution was ensured.
The meeting held at party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s residence in Lazimpat this morning also decided that the party would not violate the spirit of the five-point agreement signed by the major parties lately.
According to a standing committee member Barshaman Pun, the meeting has also decided that Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai would resign before the promulgation of the constitution as per the five-point agreement. However, the Maoist meeting today was firm that the prime minister would not resign unless consensus was forged to pave the way for the promulgation of the constitution.
According to another standing committee member Girirajmani Pokhrel, the meeting has decided to continue talks to forge consensus on disputed issues. He added that the meeting decided to stick to its stance on the rights of disadvantaged groups. The party is ready to go for voting, if need be, to sort out the issues, he said.
Pun said the Nepali Congress and CPN-UML were plotting to dissolve the Constituent Assembly. He said the government proposed to extend the CA term as an alternative to avert any unwanted situation that may surface after May 27.
The Maoists decision today comes at a time when NC and UML are piling pressure on prime minister to step down.