Adhikari stakes UML’s lead position in ruling coalition

Rupandehi, January 19:

CPN-UML Standing Committee member Bharat Mohan Adhikari said his party would lead the government after the party’s eighth convention.

The government failed to resolve the national crisis and handle the transition, he said, accusing major parties of not performing their roles effectively. Adhikari, who also coordinates the eighth convention main organising committee, said while inaugurating district cadres’ meet in Rupandehi today, “Our party should lead all other parties to resolve the crisis.”

The eighth convention should not be the time for division, he said, adding that only a whole UML would get the leadership opportunity. “The Maoists, who are leading the government, have not changed their militia character while the Nepali Congress could not play

effective opposition role,” Adhikari claimed, “CPN-UML has now got the people’s focus.”

Criticising Prime Minister and Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’’s remarks that the Maoists would seize the state powers once the Maoist-led government was toppled, he alleged the Maoists of trying to impose dictatorship.

He said that the government had completely failed in the security front and people could not feel the presence of the government. He also said that the government could not effect social and economic reforms. Stating that the process of writing the new constitution had not been initiated nine months after the formation of the constituent assembly, Adhikari said that the people had waited for the promised new Nepal despite escalating market prices and an unprecedented duration of power outage.