UML, CPN-MC to support government for elections

KATHMANDU: CPN-UML and CPN-MC leaders said they would not topple the Sher Bahadur Deuba-led government.

UML, CPN-MC and Naya Shakti Party-Nepal had forged electoral alliance on Tuesday and also decided to form a unified party after the provincial and parliamentary polls.

CPN-MC leader Agni Prasad Sapkota said it was not the right time to change the  government, so his party would neither withdraw support to the government nor would his party’s  ministers  resign. He said political parties were free to make electoral alliance, but election should be conducted by the incumbent government.

UML Deputy Parliamentary Party Leader  Subash Chandra Nembang said his party  would not work to change the government. “We will support the government to hold the elections,” said Nembang. He said the government would be caretaker dispensation after two weeks, and the PM could not reshuffle the government after that. He reminded about the election code of conduct and the Election Commission’s statement that expansion of the Cabinet was against the election code of conduct.

UML Vice-chairman Bhim Rawal said the government should  ensure free, fair and impartial elections.