HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Former attorneys general today called on Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai and advised him to follow
the path of political consensus to resolve the deepening crisis rather than going for confrontation.
The meeting with six former AGs — Badri Bahadur Karki, Laxmi Bahadur Nirala, Raghav Lal Vaidya, Yubaraj Sangroula, Sarvagya Ratna Tuladhar, Krishna Man Shrestha, Mahadev Yadav and Prem Bahadur Bista — today came hot on the heels of a statement from the Office of the President yesterday that had reminded Prime Minister Bhattarai that following the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly his government had attained the caretaker status. The former AGs told the prime minister that he should seek consensus as was expected by the Head of State.
“As per Article 36 (A) (3) of the Interim Constitution, the President is the protector of the constitution, so we suggested that the prime minister work as per the spirit of the constitution and expectation of the President,” Nirala told THT. “We humbly suggested to the PM that polls should be held only after forming a national unity government and that confrontation was not the solution,” said Nirala. The legal experts also told the PM that he should consult the President for removing constitutional difficulties through presidential order.
Prime Minister Bhattarai in response assured the prominent lawyers that the government would ‘try its best to follow their suggestions’.