HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala today told Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai that opposition parties, including the Congress, have no option but to hit the streets against the Unified CPN-Maoist to make it do a course correction.
“I told the PM that the Congress and other opposition parties have no option but to go to the people as the Maoists have short-changed these parties repeatedly in the constitution-writing process,” Koirala said after a meeting with PM Bhattarai at his residence in Maharajgunj this morning.
Today’s meeting is part of Bhattarai’s efforts to take the other parties into confidence for fresh elections. Yesterday, Bhattarai had called on UML chairman Jhalanath Khanal.
Koirala alleged the PM of pushing the country into a crisis by declaring fresh elections unilaterally, according to sources. He said elections are impossible without a national consensus government and review of the ‘unconstitutional’ announcement of elections.
On his part, Bhattarai told Koirala that the government had no option left save polls after the parties failed to agree on the contents of the new constitution. Bhattarai maintained that any agreement reached among parties will be acceptable to him.