Appointment of provincial chiefs thru consensus, says PM Deuba

Dhangadi, January 12

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said the government will appoint provincial governors on its own if political parties fail to reach consensus.

Talking to mediapersons at Dhangadi airport today, Prime Minister Deuba, however, reiterated his commitment that  provincial chiefs would be appointed on the basis of consensus among  political parties.

“Consensus among political parties is our first priority. But, in case, we could not find consensus among parties, the government will solely appoint the provincial chiefs,” the prime minister  said, adding that attempts were also under way to find consensus on fixing provincial headquarters.

On a different note, Deuba said he would leave the government once the election to the National Assembly was held. “In fact, I’m ready to leave the government right away but cannot do so given the obligatory provision that envisions the incumbent government holding the national assembly elections,” he said.

Responding to a query, Nepali Congress president disavowed any knowledge of romours about plans to form the new government excluding the largest party – the CPN-UML.

Deuba had flown here, along with deputy prime minister and Education Minister Gopalman Shrestha, to participate in the convocation of Far-Western University scheduled for tomorrow.