DOLAKHA: Minister for Information and Communications Shankar Pokharel has hinted the change in the CPN (UML)'s decision to stay neutral in the prime ministerial elections.
But, the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha should also reconsider its decision regarding its neutrality stance in the elections, he said.
"None of the prime ministerial candidates can garner majority in the voting without the UML's support", claimed Pokharel, adding that however, the party can't remain silent in the election if the Madhes-centric parties supported any of the prime ministerial candidates.
While addressing the inaugural session of the party's first district representatives' council here today, Pokharel, who is also a central secretary of the party, said the party's decision to remain neutral in the prime minister's voting was a 'compulsion'.
Saying that the majority government cannot complete the task of taking the peace process to a logical conclusion and writing the constitution on time, the Minister for Information accused the UCPN ( Maoist ) and the Nepali Congress of inviting the ongoing political deadlock in the country. He further blamed the Maoists for making a secret deal in favour of the 'cultural kingship'.
UML's politburo member Pashupati Chaulagain said the party decided not to take part in the prime minister's election so as to take the ongoing peace process and the constitution-making to conclusion through the national consensus.