Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba today took a sarcastic jibe at CPN-Maoist Centre Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal for refusing his offer of premiership after the last general election.

Addressing a programme organised by Civil Servants National Association here today, Deuba said that Dahal learnt a lesson when he was kicked by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. He said he tried to make Dahal the prime minister several times, but he did not succeed as he backed Oli.

"Don't you know that we tried to make Dahal the PM several times. He does not take a stance. Now that Oli has kicked him, he has learnt a lesson the bad way, he said. Deuba said although he wanted to oust Oli, but his efforts were not succeeding as there was not enough support to form the next government. He said he would not make any futile attempt and would not oppose anybody who wanted to become the next prime minister. "I have not said that I must become the next prime minister, if somebody wants to be the next PM, he or she can try," he added.

Deuba said if the current stalemate prolonged there might not be an alternative to elections.

A version of this article appears in the print on April 10, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.