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Top oppn leaders say consensus possible



DHULIKHEL: Cutting across the political lines, senior leaders today agreed in Dhulikhel that there is no alternative to consensus in the country and that it should be reached within a week.

Speaking to mediapersons at the lunch party at the Mirabel Resort in Dhulikhael organised by Nepali Congress leader Narayan Khadka, the leaders said they are ready to reach an agreement within the timeframe given by the President.

NC President Sushil Koi-rala said there is no another way except reaching consensus. He also said talks are already underway to reach an agreement within a week.

He went on to say that only consensus would solve the present political deadlock in the country as there is no other option left. “Consensus is peoples’ desire, so Congress will work hard for peace, stability and establishing democracy in the country,” Koirala added.

Similarly, NC Vice-president Ramchandra Paudel said his party would try its best to reach consensus in the country. “Discussion among all senior leaders is underway to reach consensus,” he added.

On his part, CPN-UML Chairman Jhala Nath Khanal said his party will explore ways to reach a broad consensus within the timeframe given by the President.

Deputy Prime Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachhadhar, who is also the Chairman of the Madheshi Janaadhikar Forum (Democratic), also hoped for the same. He appreciated the step taken by the President on Friday.

Party organiser Khadka said although he had invited the Unified CPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal to join the party, Dahal’s PA did not bring him in to the contact.

He further said he had given the continuity as he had been organising this kind of programme for the past seven years to let know about the current whereabouts to all the representatives of the diplomatic mission, senior leaders and ambassadors from the different countries.

Vice-president Paramananda Jha along with ambassadors from China, India, UK, Pakistan, Germany, Egypt, Australia and Israel attended the programme.

Khadka said the ambassadors were of the view that new election should take place in Nepal after the consensus government takes charge. He further said senior leaders assured him to reach consensus within the timeframe given by the President.

‘Prez’s call on expected lines’

NAWALPARASI: Nepali Congress leader Prakash Sharan Mahat today said it was natural for President Ram Baran Yadav to call for the formation of a consensus government within a week time. Speaking to journalists in Nawlaparasi, where he had arrived to perform a puja at the Tribeni Gajendra Mokshyadham, Mahat said the President had taken a right decision by calling for a consensus government in seven days. Further, he suggested that Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai step down from power immediately and pave way for a consensus government. “The upcoming consensus government will be formed under the NC’s leadership and the same government will hold the Constitution Assembly election,” he added.

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