HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
BIRATNAGAR: Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai today said the UCPN-Maoist would hand over the reins of the government to the Nepali Congress only after the constitution is promulgated.
Stating that his government would deliver the constitution within the set deadline, Bhattarai challenged the opposition to bring a no-confidence motion against him.
“Promulgation of the new constitution within the CA’s deadline, and not a change in the government, is what the country needs at this hour,” Bhattarai told mediapersons.
Even if parties agree to promulgate the new constitution only after forming a unity government, UCPN-Maoist should lead such a government, Bhattarai added. “As the single largest party in the Constituent Assembly, we have a legitimate claim to lead the national unity government first,” said the party vice-chairman.
Stating that peace process had virtually reached its conclusion, Bhattarai said that only two out of 200 contentious issues of the new constitution were to be settled. “People can rest assured. The country will get a constitution on time.”
Noting that negotiations on forms of governance and state restructuring were underway, Bhatarai expressed hope that parties would forge consensus on the issues within two days.
Bhattarai said that around 10 federal states could be a meeting point for parties, at odds over the issue of federalism.
Employment Act soon
BIRATNAGAR: Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai on Tuesday said the government was preparing a new Employment Act at to address the problems of unemployment in the country. Bhattarai addressing a May Day gathering in Biratnagar, said that government would guarantee the employment for 100 days to the unemployed in a year. He also informed that parties have reached an understanding to provide facilities to the unemployed. “The government is doing its bit to establish harmonious relations
between the employers and workers.”