HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: A standing committee meeting of the CPN-UML today called upon Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai to step down to pave the way for the formation of a national consensus government to what it said conclude the constitution-drafting process.
“The Baburam Bhattarai-led government must step down for the formation of a national consensus government as per the November 1 seven-point agreement, which stresses on the need to form a unity government to conclude peace and constitution-drafting processes,” said UML Secretary Shankar Pokharel, adding that his party would take the initiative to this effect. “If the PM does not step down as per the November 1 deal, we will seek other alternative, which means tabling a no confidence motion against the government in the next session of Parliament,” Pokharel said at the end of the meeting.
He, however, added that UML’s first priority would be to persuade the Bhattarai-led government to step down on consensus basis, otherwise, other suitable option — tabling a no- confidence motion — wou-ld be explored. “Formation of a unity government, which will create conducive environment for the promulgation of the new constitution, would be an alternative to the incumbent one,” he said.
However, as many as 50 UML’s CA members who had gathered on the CA premises yesterday had warned party leadership against seeking Prime Minister Bhattarai’s resignation.
Yamlal Kandel, a UML CA member who has been lea-ding a campaign to press all major parties to draft the new constitution on time, said they had suggested their leadership to give up the idea of seeking PM’s resignation at a time when there was limited time avai-lable to adopt the statute.
The standing committee meeting, according to Pok-harel, also rapped the government for its failure to provide security to a peaceful sit-in campaign in Jana-kpur’s Ramananda Chowk on Monday when four people lost their lives when a bomb went off. The meeting has also asked the government to declare the deceased martyrs and provide compensation to their kin.