KATHMANDU: Nepali Congress will propose its Vice President Ram Chandra Paudel as the prime ministerial candidate to lead the national unity government, NC leader Sujata Koirala claimed on Sunday.
According to her, party President Sushil Koirala will formally propose Paudel’s name in the party’s Central Working Committee meeting, which is scheduled for Thursday.
peaking at the Reporters Club today, she argued that it is logical to pick up Paudel as the prime ministerial candidate as party President Sushil Koirala and senior leader Sher Bahadur Deuba should busy themselves in the party work and make it stronger.
She stated that she will support Paudel’s candidature on behalf of the party.
Speaking at the same programme, UCPN-Maoist Spokesperson Agni Prasad Sapkota said that the Nepali Congress will get to lead the government only if a consensus is built, based on the five-point agreement, on the contentious issues related to new constitution and the Constituent Assembly is revived for a brief period.
If fresh elections are to be held, Sapkota said, the government cannot be formed under the leadership of Nepali Congress at any cost.
Stressing on the importance of implementation of five-point agreement to conclude the peace and constitution-making processes, Sapkota further said, “Based on the five-point deal if agreement is not made to conclude the peace process and constitution-making, government will be formed in the leadership of a nonpartisan individual, not of Nepali Congress. We won’t let Nepali Congress form the government.”