KATHMANDU: Leaders of different political parties have reiterated the need of political consensus to cope with the current crisis and navigate the transition.
At a talk programme organised by the Inter-Party Women's Alliance in Lalitpur on Tuesday, Chairman of the UCPN-Maoist, Pushpa Kamal Dahal said if the parties become ready to settle contentious issues of the constitution writing, Nepali Congress could lead the next government.
"NC-led government would be accepted once the parties agree to forward the constitution writing as per the five-point agreement," he said, adding that even the leaders of civil society could lead the government if it was formed as an election government.
On the occasion, NC President Sushil Koirala said national consensus government was a must to clear off the present political gridlock, and Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai should pave way for this by tendering his resignation at the earliest.
He warned of the country turning into Afghanistan if we continue to become lackadaisical towards successfully navigating the present transition.
Similarly, CPN-UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal said if we failed to settle the present crisis the country could not make any headway for progress. He claimed that only a consensus government could unite the convoluted politics.
Chairman of CPN-Maoist, Mohan Baidya, said roundtable conference could serve as the best option to solve every problem of the Nepalis by delivering them the constitution as per their aspirations.
General Secretary of CPN-ML CP Mainali said serious discussion was essential among the political parties to resolve the present political imbroglio.
Moreover, Chairman of Rastriya Prajatantra Party, Pashupati Shumser Rana said only a consensus government could draft the new constitution. Therefore, discussion should be concentrated first on formation of national consensus government, he added.
Chairperson of the Alliance, Urmila Pande presided over the programme where representatives of the Madhes-centric parties also put forth their views.