Leaders preach consensus for "any election"

KATHMANDU: Leaders of major political parties on Thursday aired views that no any election would be possible unless there was political consensus for the same.

The main opposition Nepali Congress leader Prakash Sharan Mahat said at an interaction in the Capital that major political parties needed to find a consensus on the Constitution implementation plan in order to actualise PM KP Sharma Oli's election plan.

"People will believe only after an outline to solve obstacles of the Constitution implementation is presented," he said, "Consensus can be forged to implement the Constitution."

Mahat, however, accused the government of not holding any serious discussion to forge political consensus and draft laws accordingly.

"Problems of the country will not get solved unless the Congress takes the leadership," he claimed, adding Oli could not form a consensus government under his leadership.

Oli's party CPN-UML's Vice-Chairman Yubaraj Gyawali also agreed that national consensus was imperative to hold the elections.

"Major parties should come together and find a common conclusion," he warned, "Else, we will fail. There is no alternative to coming together."

Gyawali, however, maintained that conducting elections at three levels – local, provincial and national – within next 18 months would be possible.

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CPN Maoist Centre leader Mani Thapa was also of the view that elections were impossible till major parties agreed to form a consensus government.

"We are ready for any election," he said, "But, elections require the national consensus government."

Speaking at the same function, Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal leader Dilnath Giri urged all the parties to prepare themselves for the local elections.

Naya Shakti Nepal leader Devendra Paudel said consensus should be forged on issues missing in the Constitution before the poll.